Cubs’ David Ross shares memories of Vin Scully: ‘A special man’

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ST LOUIS — Cubs manager David Ross has a catalog of fond memories of Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully.

‘‘When you come up in the Dodger organization,’’ said Ross, who was drafted by the Dodgers and spent the first three years of his big-league career in Los Angeles, ‘‘he’s a staple there, has been around a long time.’’

In the wake of Scully’s death Tuesday at 94, Ross spent much of his media availability Wednesday reminiscing about the legendary broadcaster.

Ross recounted how, when he was taking out his Chihuahua to use the bathroom during his rookie season, it tried to bite Scully’s finger in the elevator. He brought up the in-depth and off-the-wall stories Scully could tell about Dodgers players.

‘‘To hear his voice say your name is really cool,’’ Ross said. ‘‘He was just that guy that you knew worked there, but he felt like a friend.’’

During Scully’s retirement tour in 2016, Ross and then-Cubs manager Joe Maddon presented Scully with a No. 67 card from the scoreboard — for the number of years he had spent in the booth — and the Dodgers flag from Wrigley Field.

‘‘Just a special man who’s done a lot for our game,’’ Ross said. ‘‘He was a voice that everybody recognizes. He was a great ambassador for the Dodgers even afterward. And he’ll definitely be missed.’’

Castro recalled

Right-handed reliever Kervin Castro had trained with catcher Willson Contreras, who is also from Venezuela, in 2020. But when the Cubs claimed Castro off waivers Tuesday from the Giants, it was still unclear whether Contreras would be on the team after the trade deadline.

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Source:: Chicago Sun Times

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