David Ross has plenty of support from the Cubs before the 'Dancing with the Stars' finale
David Ross may not play for the Cubs after retiring following their World Series win, but he's still a fixture on the team. For one, Ross is a special advisor for the club. For another, he's on network television every week as a competitor on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars."
Thanks to some impressive moves, and a powerful voting bloc of Cubs devotees, Ross and dance partner Lindsay Arnold will be competing in the finals on Monday night. Not only will he have the support of Cubs fans, but he has his former teammates in his corner, too.
"He's easy to like, he's easy to pull for and I think that's why you see so much support for him,"
That includes the entire Arrieta family.
"All of our family and a lot of our friends who love the show [have been voting]. They're really involved in the whole thing and have been watching the entire way."
Obligatory weekly please vote for me tweet... 🙌 pic.twitter.com/7IeVbW20Ml— David Ross (@D_Ross3) May 15, 2017
Over the course of the show, Ross has improved on the dance floor. His teammates recognize that.
"He's made tremendous strides from where he was," Arrieta said. "He tells us he's in better shape now than when he played. Dancing five hours a day is a crazy workout. He looks like he's in great shape and having a blast, too, so that's really cool. He's got a great partner -- she's young, so she's helped take some years off him. He's probably not the best dancer, he'll tell you that, and he's making great progress."
That improvement is easy to see -- just look at the foxtrot he and Arnold pulled off last week:
Though Ross has been drawing plenty of support, that hasn't stopped his teammates from teasing him. "He's got some rhythm, but he's jumped two feet in for sure. He looks like he's having a good time,"
"He's the most famous third [string] catcher in the history of the world," Lackey added.
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Final week with this one 😥 we are loving every minute of rehearsing this week for the Finals Monday night!! Feeling so grateful to all you fans for keeping us in another week so we could dance together one last time❤️ we love you all and know that we wouldn't be here without your support!! @dancingabc #dwts
Though Ross may have beaten some technically better dancers,
Rizzo can't wait for the show to end, though. "I talk to [Ross] about once a week. I want him to be done so he can come back to us."
Everyone get out and vote grandpa actually has a shot at this! https://t.co/YeEY9OJkON— Anthony Rizzo (@ARizzo44) May 16, 2017