David Ross, Manager, Chicago Cubs
David Ross, who begins his first season as the Manager of the Chicago Cubs on July 24, grew up in Tallahassee (he still makes his home with his family in the Capital City) and has attended Florida State basketball games at the Donald L. Tucker Center for as long as he can remember. He witnessed Florida State’s great Metro Conference days and was on hand as the Seminoles moved into the ACC in 1991.
Ross has continued his affinity for college basketball and attended a number of Florida State games this past season, including the Seminoles’ 85-84 win over Notre Dame on January 25, 2020. It was a win that helped propel the Seminoles to the first ACC Regular Season Championship in school history.
Watch as Ross makes his first trip to the mound this season and take a look at the number on his jersey – he might just look like Bob Sura as he walks from the dugout.
As we continue to celebrate Head Coach Leonard Hamilton and Florida State’s success in 2020, seminoles.com sat down with Ross for #celebritysightings – the Hottest Ticket in Tallahassee. It’s a series of interviews that showcase the celebrities who enjoyed front row seats to the Seminoles’ magical run to the ACC Championship.
As a long-time Tallahassee resident, what is your earliest memory of Florida State Basketball?
I love going to Florida State basketball games – basketball was my first love. I remember going to the Metro Conference Tournament in South Carolina in 1989. My mom, who worked at Florida State, had season tickets; she’d work the games and I’d go with my dad to watch Sam Cassell, Bob Sura and Rodney Dobard.
Is there a single game or player during your years of watching college basketball that stands out to you?
I will always remember being in the Civic Center when Byron Wells hit the 3-point shot to beat Duke (in 1994).
Who are the greatest college basketball players you have ever seen play in person?
Bob Sura and Charlie Ward from Florida State, Jason Williams at Florida and Christian Laettner, Grant Hill and Bobby Hurley from Duke.
What is your greatest memory of a game-ending finish in the NCAA Tournament?
The Grant Hill pass to Christian Laettner to beat Kentucky in 1992. I remember that play like it was yesterday.
Do you fill out your own NCAA Tournament bracket and have you ever picked the winner?
Yes and No. Filling our brackets and watching games has always been huge during spring training.
You were a great college baseball player, could you have played college basketball?
I don’t think so though I did get a couple of recruiting letters from a couple of smaller schools when I was in high school. I could shoot a little; I was the guy on the wing waiting for my teammates to drive and kick the ball to me.