Apparently, some people in the crowd of 38,403 at Wrigey Field Tuesday night still held a grudge against former Cubs manager Dusty Baker and booed him each time he made an appearance. Baker guided the Cubs to the Central title in 2003 and they got as far as the NLCS. But in his last year in Chicago, 2006, the Cubs lost 96 games.
“It wasn’t his fault,” Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez said in defense of Baker. “Nobody could manage that team in ’06. We had guys coming from Double-A. [Carlos] Marmol was a starter. We had [Juan] Mateo [in the rotation]. You guys probably don’t remember him. We just had a bad team. It’s not [Baker’s] fault. If you gave Dusty this team, I guarantee we’d be in the playoffs, too.”
Mateo, in case you don’t remember, was 1-3 with a 5.32 ERA in 11 games (10 starts).
– Carrie Muskat