Ross (Finally) Returns to The Big Swing
Good news Swingers, Strip and Coop finally have reunited. They are talking everything from Ross' trade, to playoff baseball and of course their "Beast of The Week."
Ross Stripling is back!
From the call informing him of his trade to the moment he landed in Florida to join his new team, we hear about everything that’s been going on since his hiatus.
As the MLB trading deadline rounded its corner, Ross felt at ease with his position on the team of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
However, that all changed when he saw Andrew Friedman, President of Baseball Operations for the Dodgers, pop up on his phone.
The news came to Ross on an off day, and he said that one of the harder things about that day (other than being traded) was not being able to say goodbye to a lot of his teammates. Some of whom he has known his whole career.
You see, Ross was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2012 and made his MLB for the team in 2016. Spring training in Scottsdale, night games at Chavez Ravine, and this organization are really all he's known throughout his career.
Being traded is hard enough, especially for someone who it has never happened to, but being traded to a team who can’t play at their home stadium, during a pandemic, with a baby on the way-- well, that’s just hitting a trifecta of chaos.
From the moment he got off the phone with Friedman, it was a whirlwind of phone calls and moving boxes. He, and his wife Shelby, had to pack up their house and decide what’s going where. Again, it was a whirlwind and something you can’t fully understand until you are in the situation yourself.
After the dust had settled and the goodbyes were said, Ross finally joined his new team in Miami, Florida, and it was time to hit the ground running.
If you don’t follow the team from our neighbors to the north, the one thing you should know about the Toronto Blue Jays is that they are a young team in the midst of a rebuilding process with an exciting future ahead of them.
Most of the guys on the team have come up together, from the minor leagues to the big leagues. Ross compared walking into the new team to that of like walking into high school- trying to fit in with a team that already has established relationships.
He’s excited though, saying the future is bright for this young team, and it was a fun thing to be a part of.
But like any Southern California native or person who’s spoiled by the atmosphere here, the one thing Ross might miss the most… The beautiful Los Angeles Sunshine.