Results tagged ‘ Dusty Baker ’

7/4 Colvin has two-homer day

Tyler Colvin notched his first multi-homer game, hitting a two-run shot in the second and a solo homer in the sixth, but it wasn’t nearly enough in the Cubs’ 14-3 loss to the Reds. He’s the first Cubs rookie to hit a pair since Micah Hoffpauir did so Sept. 25, 2008, at New York.

“I’d like to do it in a win and maybe then I’d get excited about it,” Colvin said.

Marlon Byrd, the Cubs’ lone All-Star, singled to lead off the second and reached second as right fielder Jay Bruce overran the ball for an error. Colvin followed with his 11th home run, launching the ball into the right field bleachers off Mike Leake. Colvin also connected off Leake leading off the sixth and now has six homers in his last 19 games.

“[Leake] only made one mistake to Tyler Colvin, who is swinging the bat great, on a curveball to him,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “Right after that, he settled down and our offense did the rest. We needed that offense badly. You never feel comfortable in this ballpark with the wind blowing out.”

Baker would know. Colvin didn’t change his approach because of the strong wind.

“You can’t,” he said. “If you go up there thinking about hitting home runs, and hitting it in the air, you’re probably not going to have good at-bats. You have to go up there with the same appraoch every day. If you get under one, the wind will push it out.”

— Carrie Muskat

7/1 Do the math

Dusty Baker knows all about the high expectations in Chicago.

“Yeah, it’s tough,” Baker said about managing the Cubs. “One reason it’s tough is because nobody lets go of the past. Everybody is still counting. I was here for four out of the 100 years. You talk to most and they act like I was here the whole 100 years. I’m only 61 years old.”

— Carrie Muskat

7/1 Dinner with Lou & Dusty

Lou Piniella and Dusty Baker have similar taste in food. The two dined at Joe’s Stone Crab Wednesday night, meeting there by accident. The two faced each other as players in the 1977, ’78 and ’81 World Series when Piniella played for the Yankees and Baker for the Dodgers. The obliged fans at the restaurant by posing for pictures — “The ‘now’ and ‘before,'” Baker said.

They respected each other as players.

“I said, ‘Man, you can hit,'” Baker said, “and [Piniella] said, ‘Man, you can hit.'”

They also respect each other’s baseball expertise.

“Lou was the first guy, when I was with the Giants, who asked when I thought I was going to get a chance to manage because he thought I should get one,” Baker said. “That meant a lot to me.”

Baker, who managed the Cubs from 2003-06, is in town with the first-place Reds.

“I’ve heard the fans have been pretty good to him,” Baker said of Piniella.

— Carrie Muskat

Tough crowd, part II

It’s been three years since Dusty Baker managed the Cubs, yet he still is booed whenever he steps onto the field during a game. Does he think the Wrigley Field crowd will ever let it go?

“They probably won’t,” Baker told’s Mark Sheldon on Wednesday. “They still talk about [former managers] Leo Durocher here and Lee Elia. Hey, I’ve come to expect it.”

Baker has no hard feelings towards Chicago.

“Ain’t nothing is going to spoil my joy and pleasure of life. Nothing. Nobody,” Baker said. “I have a beautiful family, a beautiful job, a beautiful life, a beautiful house. It’s beautiful. And I’m healthy.”
— Carrie Muskat

Tough crowd

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