Ross gets first major league stolen base

Philadelphia – It took him 636 games and more than 10 seasons in the major leagues but Braves catcher David Ross finally has his first stolen base.

With Phillies reliever Josh Lindblom worrying about Paul Janish at the plate with two outs in the seventh inning – not to mention Dan Uggla’s bases clearing double a little while earlier – Ross took off from first base and never even drew a throw.

That story might change eventually for the grandkids but for now Ross said he’s just happy to have the base to display. He was able to retrieve second base after the game from the Phillies grounds crew.

“I’m going to have it in my house so everybody knows I at least got one,” Ross said. “I’m pretty proud of it. I got a good jump; that’s for sure. I better get a good jump if I’m going to steal a base.”

It was his first successful steal in four career attempts. Ross said Brian McCann has been making it look too easy, with his 21 stolen bases in eight seasons.

“Mac’s got a ton in his career and I’m just jealous,” Ross said. “I need to catch him a little bit. He’s got like five or six a year. I have one in my career. I told Mike (Bourn) when I came in after the game, I’m coming for him.”

He’s got 262 to go.

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August 9th, 2012
12:07 am

“I don’t get to run too much. Sometimes in the eighth hole with the pitcher behind you…I hate it when they put the red light on me because I’m really fast.”

I love it

John Lenin

August 9th, 2012
12:13 am

Really good to have a “backup” like Ross. Seems like a good guy, too. Wonder if he’s the answer after next year….


August 9th, 2012
12:15 am

That’s great for Ross. Don’t try it again though.

JC Boscan III

August 9th, 2012
1:38 am

I’d like to see a base-running contest between Ross and McCann. Ross seems faster to me, so maybe this stolen base was his destiny…….


August 9th, 2012
2:39 am

This guy can certainly lighten the clubhouse. Our lives can be a lot better too if some of our co-workers has the same sense of humor.

God's Word says...

August 9th, 2012
5:51 am

Thnks for the consistently informative and entertaining articles.


August 9th, 2012
7:05 am


August 9th, 2012
7:27 am

Because of broadcast problems, I did not see Ross steal second. Did he slide in head first.

keeping it real

August 9th, 2012
7:42 am

Ross is a wonderful guy to have on the team and so is McCann, but if it comes down to a choice between paying Brian or Bourn next year, the Brave must go after Bourn first and then Brian. Michael is the first true leadoff hitter the Braves have had since Furcal and his fielding is spectacular. He is the Braves MVP.


August 9th, 2012
8:21 am

foultip, Ross went in standing up.


August 9th, 2012
8:50 am

love this guy. He does everything right. MANY clubs would have that guy starting.


August 9th, 2012
8:51 am

The Braves MUST keep Bourn, even if that means saying Bye-Bye to McCan’t.

Tony Price

August 9th, 2012
9:22 am

Pretty sure the Braves have an option they’ll pick up on McCann for 2013.

McFann :Ô: :Ô: :ô:

August 9th, 2012
9:27 am

Haha! That’s great. Congrats, David! Love that he got the base, too…

Blue MANY clubs would have that guy starting.

MANY clubs don’t have BMac…:)

Negative Creep

August 9th, 2012
9:27 am

D. Ross!!!! Havana in the house!


August 9th, 2012
10:06 am

Is there video anywhere of this fantastic feat (feet?)?


August 9th, 2012
10:11 am

There is video at

You can hear the Phillies yelling for the pitcher to step off the rubber. The pitcher either had no respect for Ross or absolutely forgot he was on first.

George T

August 9th, 2012
10:19 am

Thank goodness Baseball is still a game. Congratulations to Ross on being a good player, good guy and good team mate.

urban redneck

August 9th, 2012
10:31 am

that guy’s a stud. we should sign him as a backup catcher until he can collect social security. go bravos.

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August 9th, 2012
10:36 am

“With blazing speed, Ross tore up the earth between first and second.”


August 9th, 2012
11:19 am

BMac certainly deserves to be extended and the Braves need his bat and clubhouse presence. But, given the Braves other needs, the issue is going to be the size and length of the contract. He’ll be able to get 5M more a year from an American League club… something like 10M vs 15M I suspect. I think, in the end, he’ll stay but that’s a lot of money to pass up.

If Brian leaves, Ross continues to be the perfect bridge/back up to Bethancourt,Gattis or a trade prospect.

Fairmount Felon

August 9th, 2012
11:21 am

Speed kills baby!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You can’t coach it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


August 9th, 2012
11:21 am

This is hardly the unbelievable status of a Sid Bream stolen base.
Can you imagine slowpoke Sid stealing a base, when he barely made it home, in 1991?


August 9th, 2012
12:34 pm

What a ridiculous story. Nothing else available on a slow sports day I guess. Next, we will be hearing about BMac’s kid’s first potty trip.

Speedy Gone zalez

August 9th, 2012
1:31 pm

Ross is a luxury to have as a backup, great attitude & a go getter on the field, Im sure he would make a great manager when he’s done, both he & McCann are signed thru next year, Im sure the Bravos are hoping Brian is still producing so that he will justify them giving him a mega contract cause I know he wants to be a Brave for life, catcher is not a problem in the ATL!!!!!!!!!

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Bob the Blogger

August 9th, 2012
7:40 pm

Ross was so slow in the 40 yard dash they had to time him with a calendar.

Scaggs McGuillicuddy

August 10th, 2012
4:14 pm

Like Skip used to say about Sid, “He’s got deceptive speed, he’s even slower than he looks”.

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