David Ross shoves Bob Boone aside

Driving home from the exhilarating Dodger game I had a hard time finding the Cub/Giant game but finally zeroed in on .830 on the AM dial to hear Dan Schulman and Aaron Boone.  A few minutes later Ex-Dodger David Ross slugged a home run and the only thing notable about it was that it had tied the game.

An inning or two passed when Dan Schulman with much glee in his voice announced that the home run by David Ross made him the oldest catcher to ever hit a home run in the postseason. He let that sink in and then announced that the previous record holder had been Aaron’s dad, Bob Boone.

If you don’t know,  the Boone baseball family had a heck of a run in the major leagues from Ray Boone (1948 – 1960) to Bob Boone (1972 – 1990)  to Aaron Boone (1997 – 2009) with PED poster child Brett Boone thrown in (1992 – 2005).

It was amusing to me. Much more amusing than the 2004 Aug/Sept that David Ross put up for the Dodgers after Paul Depodesta handed him the starting catching gig by trading Paul LoDuca. That 2004 season was the worst of his career until 2015.  Twelve years ago it would have been hard to imagine that David Ross would still be catching in the major leagues much less starting in October for the best team in baseball.

Much more amusing than the 2004 Aug/Sept that David Ross put up for the Dodgers after Paul Depodesta handed him the starting catching gig by trading Paul LoDuca. That 2004 season was the worst of his career until 2015.  Twelve years ago it would have been hard to imagine that David Ross would still be catching in the major leagues much less starting in October for the best team in baseball but David Ross might be the best backup catcher of the 21st century.  Only one time in fifteen major league seasons has Ross caught more than 100 games.

Only one time in fifteen major league seasons has Ross caught more than 100 games but he has always caught at least 36. Maybe Gregg Zaun holds the title though the mark against Zaun was that he  caught 133 games in 2005, and over 100 games four times so I quibble in that I don’t think he was only a backup catcher as David Ross has been.

 

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