DUSTY IS BACK, RHETORIC TOO
So Dusty is back. Perusing some of the articles about his glorious return to managing, Chicago bloggers would find plenty of material to write about. While there’s no need to belabor the feelings most Chicagoans have for Baker, I did find it reasonable to call him out on one thing.
“I’ve always wanted a young team,” Baker said. “Everybody says, ‘Dusty doesn’t like young players.’ Well, I was a 19-year-old player in the big leagues, how could I not like young players? I just didn’t have many young players to like. I think that probably followed me from the Giants, but the Giants are still in the same situation, and I haven’t been there in five years. They’re still complaining about not having young players.”
You’ll not find a bigger pile of dung than that. There are countless examples to cite, but all I need is two words: Neifi Perez.
As for the scribes, a John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle had this to add:
“Similarly, 10 years later, he took over the Cubs, the year after they lost 95 games. Suddenly, the 2003 Cubs were a first-place team and finding themselves five outs and a Steve Bartman mishap from a World Series.”
Any writer who puts that in print should be relegated to watching a loop of “Yes, Dear” with eyes raked open “A Clockwork Orange” style until there is blood and/or hysteria. Heading to the Bartman excuse is lazy, inaccurate and lame.