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Cubs rookie manager David Ross has given the team just what it needed: himself

A sound night’s sleep? Not at playoff time. Not a chance.

Maybe Joe Maddon was wired that way, relaxed, self-assured, imperturbable. But David Ross? The Cubs’ rookie manager is wound up and ticking, almost bouncing off the walls, a 240-pound bale of enthusiasm and nervous energy.

“Of course, I get nervous,” he said. “The first day taking my kids back to school, I get nervous. That’s just my personality. And I think it helps me prepare and be ready.”

Ready for Game 1 against the Marlins and all the games after that as the Cubs seek their first World Series title since 2016, Ross’ final season as a player.