Dusty Baker is all smiles to see his dream of displaying a world title finally achieved.
Now and forever, Dusty Baker, the epic storyteller, the one who mentions famous people he meets by chance, the toothpick biter and the eternal b&b man; baseball, you will finally be able to Boast an illustrious title.
Manage a World Series champion team.
The man is capable of telling fascinating stories, such as when he had Hank Aaron as his tutor, encounters with Jimi Hendrix, John F. Kennedy Jr. and others. But he was missing a chapter and wrote it down. Saturday night.
After 25 seasons as a manager in the Major Leagues, including a few in which he stayed on, Narrowly close, the 73-year-old strategist came close. He rose to the top when his Houston Astros defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 4-1 to win the title.
When Yordan Álvarez hit As the go-ahead three-run homer hit in the sixth inning, cameras panned to a beaming Baker raising his arms. the longest-serving manager to win the World Series, his third time as a driver in a Fall Classic. He did it as a player with the Dodgers, establishing himself in 1981.
Saturday as the manager with the most wins without a World Series championship. left his record in 2094-1790 with his most memorable triumph.
“I reached 2,000 wins and nothing else is said about not winning the World Series,” Baker said Thursday.
They won't be able to blame him for that anymore.
Joins Dave Roberts (Dodgers, 2020) and Cito Gaston (Blue Jays, 1992, 1993) as the only black drivers who have won the World Series.
“I don't think of myself as an African-American manager because I look in the mirror every day and I know I'm wrong. who am I”, he said before the game. “Do you understand what I am saying? But I know that there is some pressure from people who support me, especially black people. I listen to it every day, like this I feel that they chose me for this”.
led He led the Astros to their second World Series title in history and their first since 2017, one that was left behind. tainted by the sign-stealing scandal that made Houston the most hated club in baseball. Baker helped. He started to clean up the team's image and a lot of people reluctantly started talking about it. He rowed for the Astros because of the admiration the pilot generates.
Well-liked throughout baseball, Baker quickly became a star. at the fan favorite in Houston. Many fans showed up Saturday with signs bearing phrases claiming the title for Baker.
Baker is the 12th manager in major league history to reach 2,000 wins and the first black man to do so. Ten of the other 11 drivers with at least 2,000 wins are in the Hall of Fame. Bruce Bochy (2003), who is not yet eligible, is the only exception. to San Francisco, the Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati and Washington before taking the reins in Houston. He is the only manager in major league history to lead five different teams to the postseason.
He had come close in the past. In 2002, his San Francisco Giants — with Barry Bonds— they entered Game 6 against the Los Angeles Angels one victory away from the title. As the road team in the final two games of that series, the Giants blew a five-run lead by losing 6-5 in Game 6. The Angels took the title by winning 4-1 in Game 7.