Ross looks back on anniversary of Opening Day 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                   
  • In this Friday, July 3, 2020, file photo, Chicago Cubs manager David Ross gestures during baseball practice at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Ross was already stepping into some big shoes when he agreed to replace Joe Maddon as manager of the Cubs. Then the coronavirus pandemic hit.

    In this Friday, July 3, 2020, file photo, Chicago Cubs manager David Ross gestures during baseball practice at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Ross was already stepping into some big shoes when he agreed to replace Joe Maddon as manager of the Cubs. Then the coronavirus pandemic hit. Associated Press

 
 
Updated 7/24/2021 4:03 PM

Saturday marked the one-year anniversary of Opening Day 2020, when MLB played a 60-game, pandemic-shortened season with the stadiums empty.

That was also David Ross' first game as a major league manager and it ended with Kyle Hendricks throwing a complete-game, 3-0 victory against Milwaukee at Wrigley Field.

 

Ross reflected on his first year on the job before Saturday's game.

"I don't know. Last year seems a long way away, I definitely would say that," he said. "I've learned every day. I learned about myself, I learned just stay the course, that there's a lot of ups and downs. There's a lot of questions I can't answer for you guys that you want to know on a daily basis."

Ross hasn't quite reached 162 games in his managerial career. Heading into Saturday, his career record was 82-76.

"I think having the consistent attitude is important and communicating with the players and going through adversity has been a huge learning process for me," he added. "How to deal with that as a manager, how to continue to try to put my impact on the team and the players, and just trying to get better and grow. I think I learn in just about every area on a daily basis."

Twitter: @McGrawDHSports

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