Here are a few quotes from the press conference announcing David Ross’ extension (via atlantabraves.com):
Ross on his extension:
When you’re comfortable in a place and you like the people around, I think happiness comes first. Me being happy and being able to spend time with my kids and family comes first at this point in my career. … You can’t put too much of a price tag on being happy and being comfortable. It’s nice to come to work.
More from Ross:
When you’re a bench player or a role player, an extension in the middle of the year is kind of like a dream come true. You don’t ever expect that. Role players don’t usually get that opportunity, and it’s one of those things you dream about and hope for. Especially a two-year extension, [because] it gets me to 10 years [of service time] and it’s a huge, huge thing
Braves Manager Bobby Cox on Ross:
“He deserves it. He’s a real good catcher, he hits, too, and he’s about the greatest teammate anybody could ever have.
Braves General Manager Frank Wren on Ross:
Not only is [Ross] a top-notch backup, and he’s one of the very best, but he’s also a big part of our team and a big part of our team chemistry — that group of guys on our bench that have strong leadership capabilities. Guys listen to him and guys rally around him. He brings a lot to the table.