Former Chicago Cubs Catcher David Ross will take part in a skydive at the Chicago Air and Water Show this weekend.
“Featuring military and civilian flight aerobatics, historic aircraft, simulated water rescues and parachute teams, the Chicago Air and Water Show is one of the largest and longest-running free admission events of its kind,” Choose Chicago says.
The World Champion, who retired from the Cubs after winning the 2016 World Series, will participate in a tandem skydiving jump on Saturday August 19 with the US Army Parachute Team, the Golden Knights.
“The Golden Knights are one of only three Department of Defense-sanctioned aerial demonstration teams, along with the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. The team is composed of approximately 95 men and women, which includes four parachute units, an aviation unit and a headquarters,” the organization’s website says.
“The demonstration teams, which use five dedicated aircraft, perform at more than 100 events per year. The tandem section is known for taking soldiers, celebrities and heads of state on jumps, and the competition section focuses on winning national and international skydiving events.”
The group is expected to land at the Boat House at North Avenue Beach to kick off the show at 10 a.m.
Ross recently shared his thoughts on retirement.
“I tell you what, for me, things have been super busy and Spring Training has gone by pretty fast. But I just got down to Cubs camp yesterday, and I went and watched a game. It was such a great atmosphere here, and I was itching to be down on the field and being part of the guys in the dugout. I missed that a lot. I missed the camaraderie with the guys on the field. So, I think there’s going to be a big pull for me.
“I just love being part of the atmosphere and the group as a whole and competing as a team. But there will definitely be that pull. But I tell you one thing, my life has a lot less stress in it right now because I don’t have to worry about trying to hit off some of the best pitchers in baseball with my swing. So, I’m right in the middle. I’m missing some parts, but I’m also loving retirement,” he said.
Ross, who was a runner-up on Dancing with the Stars in June 2017, decided it was time for a new challenge, despite struggling with the after-effects of two concussions he suffered during his baseball career.
“You get hit in the head and get that feeling and it doesn’t go away. And you’re annoyed, and you’re just not the same person. It’s nothing you can fake. You’re not a good dad; I’m short with my kids and my wife. And you get seasick riding in a car and can’t be in public places,” he said.
Ross, who won the World Series twice, hasn’t slowed down in retirement. He works for ESPN as a baseball analyst and is a special assistant in the Baseball Operations Department of the Chicago Cubs.
The Chicago Air and Water Show will include the US Navy Blue Angels, US Army Parachute Team Golden Knights and the US Navy Leap Frogs.