Cubs bring retiring catcher Ross to tears with Wrigley tribute

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CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 23: David Ross #3 of the Chicago Cubs, who is retiring after the season, wipes a tear from his eye as he watches a video tribute of his career before a game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field on September 23, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

CHICAGO — The Cubs surprised David Ross with a touching video tribute before Friday’s series-opener against the Cardinals that brought the retiring catcher (and plenty of fans who’ve seen it) to tears.

Even though he’s only been with the Cubs for two seasons, Ross is admired by players and fans alike for his sense of humor and leadership in the dugout. Ross started his career with L.A. Dodgers in 2002, and since then has played with several teams including Atlanta Braves and the Boston Red Sox when they won the World Series in 2013. He’s announced this will be his last year in the MLB.

“Grandpa Rossy” has embraced his place as an elder member of the Cubs, like in this commercial where he encouraged fans to text using a rotary phone.

As a father of three, Ross became a sort of surrogate father for a large portion Cubs’ clubhouse. Considering he’s nearly 15 years older than most of the starting infield, it actually isn’t much of a stretch.

Teammates have been paying tribute to Ross throughout his final season, from Father’s Day cards to a dedicated Instagram account run by Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo. They even bought Ross his very-own motorized scooter and a robot caddy to follow him around.

And Cubs fans hope Ross’ final season will be a historic one for other reasons as well.