CHICAGO — The Cubs’ triumphant return to the Friendly Confines after their World Series win was delayed for hours as rainstorms came and went. Then soon after the storms cleared, a familiar face returned to the Wrigley Field jumbotron: David Ross. Although instead of wearing cleats, he was wearing his dancing shoes.
Returning as a competitor on Dancing With the Stars, Ross danced a viennese waltz to the song Forever Young, which was his walkup song during his final year as a member of the Cubs.
(You can view the full performance on the DWTS website– we will post it here as it becomes available)
And for the fans in the stands, it was a special, if unexpected, moment to share.
The performance was similar to his past appearances on Dancing With the Stars: enthusiastic if not technically advanced. After it was done, the judges lauded Ross for his effort. Ross is a clear crowd favorite.
Ross and his partner Lindsay Arnold received enough votes to move on to the next round, although Mr. T and his partner Kym Herjavec did not.
Before the performance, he took a look back (again) at the Cubs’ World Series win and what it meant for him personally.
“I loved celebrating with my teammates – but the thing I was thinking about was my family,” Ross said during the interview. He said it was hard to be there as a father and “my job now is to be a dad.”
Ross has clearly been banking on the support of Cubs fans but was likely expecting a decreased turnout, since the contest took place during the home opener. Leave it to the Cubs to make the most out of a rain delay once again.
It probably seemed like a stretch when Ross tweeted at the team to see if they would put his performance on the big board during the rain delay. But as the team tweeted later, “Ask and you shall receive.”
Also, while he was clearly busy that night, Anthony Rizzo showed his support by crashing one of Ross’ rehearsals prior to the big show.
“Love that you came out to support,” Ross said in a tweet to his former teammate.
“Always got your back man just save me a cameo in your movie 👊” Rizzo tweeted in response.