Cody Ross: Red Sox ‘lied to my face’

Cody-Ross-Red-SoxArizona Diamondbacks outfielder Cody Ross was one of very few bright spots on an abysmal Boston Red Sox team last season. He hit .267 with 22 homers and 81 RBI, which isn’t bad considering the Sox only won 69 games. However, Boston chose not to bring him back.

During an interview with WEEI’s Mut and Merloni before Arizona’s three-game series at Fenway park on Friday night, Ross made it clear that he is still bitter about the way his tenure with the Red Sox ended.

“We might have made the mistake of going to them first and saying that I like it here, kind of I guess you would say showing your hand,” Ross said. “I guess it’s called showing your hand when you tell a team that you want to come back, you want to play here. I don’t see how that could hurt me, but I guess it did.

“They told me that they didn’t want to sign guys to long-term deals, and then they gave [Shane] Victorino a three-year deal, and then [Mike] Napoli a three-year deal or four-year deal, whatever it was. So, basically they lied to my face. At that point, I kind of got a bad taste in my mouth and wanted to move on, and that was it.”

Napoli’s deal was later shortened to a one-year contract because of health concerns, but that’s beside the point. Victorino signed a three-year, $39 million contract with Boston. Ross ended up signing for three years and $26 million with Arizona, so obviously the Red Sox simply preferred the Flyin’ Hawaiian. My guess is the Sox moved on from Ross after signing Victorino, not the other way around.

Ross can be bitter about the business side of the game all he wants, but it should be noted that the Red Sox have the best record in baseball. Whatever Cherington did during the offseason has worked perfectly to this point, which includes his decision to sign Victorino and let Ross walk. Sometimes that’s just the way it goes.

Fan Steals Fly Ball From Cody Ross (Video)

The Giants beat the Twins Wednesday night 5-1 and there was nobody happier about it than one particular fan. A Giants fan nearly cost his team an out when he stole a ball from Cody Ross down the left field line. Check out the video courtesy of Sports Grid (click close on the top right corner to watch):

The fan knew immediately that he had screwed up and felt badly about it. Luckily for him, he was spared when Alexi Casilla grounded out in that at-bat. What’s the lesson to be learned here? Don’t interfere with balls in play. Oh yeah, and anybody older than 12 who takes a glove to a game is lame.

Video: Keenan Cahill, Brian Wilson, Cody Ross Lip Sync Dynamite

Back in spring training, we had heard that YouTube star Keenan Cahill was headed to Arizona to make a video with Giants players Brian Wilson and Cody Ross. Well he did, and the result is spectacular. Check out this must-see video of Cahill, Wilson, and Ross lip-syncing to Dynamite. It is beautiful:

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Cody Ross Wanted to be a Rodeo Clown, Settled for Playing Professional Baseball

The playoffs is the time when more fans pay attention and players’ reputations are made. Swing it like a stud and you’ll be honored with a legendary nickname such as “Mr. October.” Flop and they’ll call you “A-Fraud” or “Mr. May.” Stand out with superior play and fans everywhere will recognize you for your accomplishments. Giants outfielder Cody Ross has done just that, going from part-time player to post-season super hero.

Ross has carried the Giants in the playoffs, hitting four home runs and driving in eight runs, doubling the next highest total of his teammates. He has four of their six home runs and is OPSing 1.189 while his next highest teammate is Pat Burrell at .737. Ross drove in two of San Francisco’s three runs in the series-clinching Game 4 against the Braves. He took Roy Halladay deep twice in Game 1 of the NLCS, a 4-3 win. His home run off Roy Oswalt provided the lone run for the team in a loss the next night. Ross also hit a double in three straight games to end the Philadelphia series. He has gotten hot, carried his team, and endeared himself to an entire fanbase. Oh yeah, and he’s not even fulfilling his childhood dream!

“When I was younger that’s all I wanted to do, be a rodeo clown. I guess I thought that riding the bull was too dangerous,” Ross said. “Actually being a rodeo clown is probably a little more dangerous than that. You have to protect the guy from getting stepped on and run over. I just liked the way they were, maybe it was the mentality they had, no fear. That was probably the reason I was so drawn to them.”

That’s the sort of thing that happens when your father is a cowboy who enjoys roping and wrestling steers. Good thing Ross dedicated himself to baseball because he sure is good at it. Now we know what he’ll be doing in retirement.