TEAMMATE – The surprising and inspiring story of David Ross

17 May TEAMMATE – The surprising and inspiring story of David Ross

In this episode of the DREAM. THINK. DO. podcast, Mitch Matthews talks with Don Yaeger, author of a new book Teammate: My Journey in Baseball and a World Series for the Ages that tells the story of David Ross, the backup catcher for the 2016 Chicago Cubs champion team. Don is a nationally acclaimed speaker and long-time associate editor of Sports Illustrated. He has spent time with some of the best leaders, athletes and coaches around the world, from John Wooden, to Michael Jordan, to Jimmy Johnson.   Pick a sports hero and Don has spent time with them!

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Not all of us can become superstars.

So what happens when your job is to be the backup?

My guest on today’s DREAM THINK DO episode, Don Yaeger, shares the story of veteran backup catcher David Ross.  It is an inspirational story about how he became the heart and soul of the 2016 Chicago Cubs and led them to become champions.

Don has spent time with some of the biggest names in the sports industry, whether it’s leaders, players or coaches. (This includes a 12 year mentoring relationship with the great basketball coach for UCLA, John Wooden.)

Also… Don shares the surprising backstory on how to got Coach Wooden as his mentor.  (You can apply this strategy too!)

During our conversation, we also discuss the importance of being a good teammate and how this this can be the key to long term success in the workplace.

Listen in to hear Don’s thoughts on why being a good teammate helped David Ross lead the Cubs to win the world series. And more importantly, why being a good teammate can help you win in your own life.  

In this episode, you will…

  • Hear about David Ross’ inspirational story
  • Learn about how to be a good teammate
  • Gain insight into why being a good teammate is good for you
  • Learn about the importance of celebrating your teammates in the workplace

Episode Resources (Email Don for a free list of habits of great teammates. Put “Mitch Matthews teammate” in the subject line.)

Teammate: My Journey in Baseball and a World Series for the Ages

Great Teams: 16 Things High Performing Organizations Do Differently


  • Cardiff D. Hall
    Posted at 16:54h, 19 May Reply

    Great interview with Don Yeager! I loved the opening part of learning from Coach John Wooden and the key to not be afraid to ASK. The story behind David Ross is extremely inspiring. Thanks for adjusting the cadence of the podcast to allow us to hear about this story. Loved the questions asked regarding the story, which provides the understanding of being a good teammate. Great podcast and love your energy Mitch!

    • Mitch Matthews
      Posted at 17:27h, 19 May Reply

      Thanks so much Cardiff! I really appreciate it! it’s one of my favorites too. Don knocked it out of the park! (Please excuse the pun!!!)

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