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Former Cub David Ross to appear on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ (vid)

When it was all said and done and the official lineup for next season’s “Dancing with the Stars” was announced, beloved former Chicago Cubs catcher David Ross will become the first major leaguer — retired or otherwise — ever to appear on the reality show.

The announcement of the cast slated to compete came Wednesday morning on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” Ross, who retired after the Cubs won the World Series after spending the past two seasons with the ball club to close out a 15-year MLB career, received an extra-special message from one of his former teammates.

Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo had prepared a video for Ross, which aired on “GMA.”

“Try not to suck,” Rizzo told Ross, utilizing a popular Cubs catchphrase.

Shortly following the announcement, Ross took to Instagram to address his post-career, dancing competition endeavor.

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Attached to the photo of Ross alongside dance partner Lindsay Arnold Cusick was the following message: “Ok @cubs you guys got me into this, now @lindsarnold and I need your support. Check out @dancingabc to see us crush it. We need a team name, comment below with ideas.”

Ross will turn 40 later this month. Hopefully, those 15 years tiling behind the plate while donning the tools of ignorance won’t inhibit his ability to Cha-Cha, waltz and whatnot.

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