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Ross was the pre-ninth-inning hero for the Cubs as he hit a HR to tie it at 1-1 and drove in the other run that accounted for the damage in the first eight innings as the Cubs trailed 5-2 going to the ninth.
He is still a fan favorite, beloved by his teammates and manager. He just was not a huge fantasy asset. I think he can live with that, though.
Ross was shown a great deal of love by the fans and his opponents on Sunday during his last regular season home game. He was given standing ovations as he went into the box for his first two plate appearances. Opposing catcher Molina even bought the crowd some time by stepping away from the plate so Ross could pay attention and soak it in. During that second at-bat, the game was tied at 0 when Ross got ahold of a pitch and hit a HR that seemed so fitting given the environment.
He is not an elite fantasy player but the way he has been treated should help people understand that he means much more to the team and his teammates than his offensive stats show. He has no long-term fantasy value as he is reported to be retiring after the season.
Ross reached base and then scored on Lester's deep double in the second inning.
Ross is a valuable member of the Cubs but in fantasy, he is at best a deep league (or NL-only) option, mostly in two-catcher formats for mixed-league setups.
Ross provided some much appreciated cushion when he hit a two-run HR to make it 3-0, thus providing some room for error. The pitchers for the Cubs ended up throwing a shutout but the HR was still a big moment in the game.
He is not much of a fantasy factor, though he has some real-life value to the Cubs.
Ross drove a ball far enough in the second inning to produce a sacrifice fly that made it 2-0.
Outside of two-catcher setups and deep leagues, Ross is not a fantasy factor in most leagues.