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Cubs Insider Exclusive: David Ross Details 2016 NLDS Pickoff Play, Other All-Time Favorite Moments

Sadly, only two members of the 2016 Chicago Cubs remain active in this year’s playoffs, and only one of those is actually playing. Aroldis Chapman is closing for the Yankees and retired catcher David Ross can be seen regularly contributing his analysis on ESPN’s Baseball Tonight playoff coverage (full schedule here).

Ross took a break from his broadcasting duties to join Cubs Insider for a special Q&A edition of Cubs Rewind. The occasion is the two-year anniversary of his sterling pickoff of the Giants’ Conor Gillaspie in the 2016 NLDS. With Ross’s help, we take a deep dive into that throw, which I consider the most consequential defensive play in Cubs’ history. We also discussed his favorite all-time highlight and other Cubs matters.

As background, the Gillaspie pickoff came in the Cubs’ first playoff game that year. Locked in a 0-0 duel with Johnny Cueto, Jon Lester surrendered a leadoff single to Gillaspie in the top of the 3rd inning. This brought Cueto up to sacrifice bunt. Anthony Rizzo switched gloves and moved in very close to home plate with Javier Baez holding Gillaspie at first.

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Source:: Cubs Insider

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