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.