He hasn't forgotten the heartbreak of being waived by the Marlins after 4½ years. "I would have done anything to stay there," Ross says. "The day they let me go was the worst day of my career, but what I didn't realize was that it would also turn out to be the best day of my career." During spring training in 2009, Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria had told the team he would give his red Ferrari to any player who won the NLCS MVP. So recently Ross playfully texted Loria with a simple question: "Is that offer still good?" Loria offered Ross his congratulations, but no Ferrari.
Ross doesn't need a four-wheeled reward. He appreciates the ones he gets every time he walks down the street, when he meets another Giants fan and they end up thanking each other. Ross didn't get a flashy sports car, but he is enjoying one sweet ride.
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