David Ross jumped out of a plane as part of the Chicago Air and Water Show
As part of Saturday's portion of the Chicago Air and Water Show, former Cubs catcher
Even for the leisurely life of a retiree, jumping out of a plane requires an early wake-up call:
Ross has won a World Series, been hit by Major League fastballs and raised children. Still, the prospect of jumping out of an airplane with a cadre of trained professionals was terrifying.
Want to say I wasn't nervous but I think this pic says it all! pic.twitter.com/k9OM57ijSq— David Ross (@D_Ross3) August 19, 2017
Thankfully, Ross made it safely back to Earth:
After the game, which the Cubs won, 4-3, over the Blue Jays, Cubs manager Joe Maddon told MLB.com's Carrie Muskat that his ex-catcher actually wanted him to try the stunt for himself:
"He was like a total advocate for me doing this," Maddon said of Ross. "I said, 'You've got to be kidding me.' He said, 'No, no, it was not that bad. I jumped out, did the backward flip.' The guy in charge told David, 'I've got plans tonight, don't worry about it.' I'm sure that's the typical line you get. David said once he got rolling, he was really calm and OK. I just like hearing about it."
Others took to the air as well. Namely, the Blue Angels, who, as part of the Air and Water Show flew over Wrigley Field and interrupted