David Ross: “I don’t want anything I don’t deserve. I’m a backup catcher.”

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Cubs catcher David Ross is retiring after the 2016 season. The veteran of 15 seasons is well-respected around the league. For example, teammate Jayson Heyward is paying for a hotel suite for Ross all season long, for all 81 of the Cubs’ road games.

Now there’s a push to get Ross to his first ever All-Star game before his career is over. Though Major League Baseball has, since 2003, made the All-Star Game “count” by having it decide which league gets home field advantage in the World Series, players don’t tend to take it seriously. It’s difficult to imagine anyone making a fuss if Ross, who had a .518 OPS last year, makes the NL roster.

Ross, though, wants to earn it. Per Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY, the 39-year-old veteran said, “I don’t want anything I don’t deserve. I’m a backup catcher.”

Hey, you gotta respect that. He still wants to earn it.