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Cubs fans wait in line all night for David Ross

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The retired Cubs catcher signed copies of his book for about 1,000 lucky fans.

David Ross is a really popular guy these days. He parlayed his 2016 season with the World Series champion Cubs into an appearance on ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars.”

Coming up this Sunday, he’ll be part of ESPN’s main baseball broadcast crew at Wrigley Field, filling in for Jessica Mendoza (who has another assignment this weekend). Ross, Dan Shulman and Aaron Boone will call the Cubs/Cardinals game from the right-field bleachers.

And Thursday evening, Ross signed his new book “Teammate” at Old Orchard Shopping Center in Skokie. Fans started lining up for the 1,000 autograph tickets before midnight the previous day.

The signing was scheduled for two hours, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., but with so many people in line Ross agreed to stay for an extra hour until the store-closing time at 10 p.m. At that point all people with autograph tickets who were still in line were brought into the store and Ross continued to sign until well after closing time.

The book is well worth reading even if you weren’t lucky enough to meet Ross and have your copy signed. Here’s the review I wrote back in April.

Ross, who’s under contract to the Cubs as a special assistant in the baseball operations department, might just be the most popular backup catcher in major-league history.

Thanks to Mark Weyermuller for the photos and information from the signing. If you can’t see the photo gallery at the top of this post, here it is again: