Radar Pictures has partnered with recently retired catcher David Ross and the Cubs to produce a film adaptation of Ross’ upcoming book, Teammate: My Journey in Baseball and a World Series for the Ages. Written by Ross and sportswriter Don Yaeger, the memoir will be published May 9 by Hachette Books.
Recalling the important moments in Ross’ 15-year career, the book centers on his final game, when he became the oldest player to homer in a Game 7 of the World Series, helping the Cubs rally from a 3 games to 1 deficit to overtake the Cleveland Indians and win their first championship since 1908.
The film will be titled Teammate: My Life in Baseball and is being written by the team of Ram Getz and John Corcoran.
I think Ross himself would tell you that he’s astounded at the star turn his life and career have taken since his retirement from baseball. He’s certainly become one of the best-known backup catchers in baseball history.
We’re fortunate that the Cubs have signed him up as a special assistant in the baseball operations department. Ross, who just turned 40 this past Sunday, was a key part of the last two Cubs postseason teams not just for his performance on the field, but his leadership abilities. I hope that somewhere down the road, Ross will return to the Cubs as a coach, and perhaps someday as manager.
In the meantime, I hope he enjoys his star turn!