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Baker reveals disturbing Cubs story

Posted on: February 22, 2011 2:13 pm
Edited on: February 22, 2011 4:03 pm


When Dusty Baker's departure as manager of the Cubs was all but certain, he had to deal with a truly abominable act.

"At the very end, somebody took a dump right where I stood in the dugout every day," Baker told FOX Sports. "That was the low point. The grounds crew guy cleaned it up. He said, 'Oh, I think it’s dog crap.' I said, 'No it ain’t. That’s human crap.'"

That would be bad enough if that incident was isolated, but Baker also had to deal with threatening phone calls and letters that all too often skewed into the racist category. No one knows if the two incidents are connected, but the overall message is the same of intolerance.

Say what you want about Baker's managerial tendencies -- and people have, including this author in this very space when talking about Baker's wrecking of Kerry Wood and Mark Prior's arms along with Aaron Harang in Cincinnati (more on this later), but such actions are unacceptable, no matter the setting or situation.

Baker inherited a tough job in taking over Cubs manager and it only got worse after the infamous Bartman game during Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS. (And it must be pointed out that Steve Bartman does not deserve the blame for the Cubs blowing that game.) In fact, Baker and successors included, only Jim Riggleman has managed the Cubs for more than four full seasons since Leo Durocher's firing in mid-1972.

"They turn over their managers pretty quick," Baker said. "They don’t stick with anybody for a period of time, because everybody’s counting -- Year 100, Year 101, Year 102. There’s no such thing as a four- or five-year plan. It’s a one-year plan."

And yet, while plenty of other Cubs managers have had to deal with the outrage of Cubs fans, it's Baker that has to deal with human feces exactly where he stands in the dugout. Yeah, the groundskeeper cleaned it up, but that doesn't get rid of the figurative (and perhaps even literal) stink.

No one deserves that. But that's not all that happened to Baker in Chicago. Since his experience in Chicago, he's been saddled with a reputation that he perhaps does not deserve.

"It really hurt my reputation," Baker said of managing in Chicago, especially after disappointments in 2005 and 2006. "Ever since then, all of a sudden, 'I don’t know how to manage. I don’t know how to handle pitchers. I don’t like young players.' … They don’t even have a clue about it. I never heard that in San Francisco."

Baker had his missteps in San Francisco, most notably yanking Russ Ortiz with a lead in Game 6 of the 2002 World Series and attempting to give Hernandez the game ball, but it must be noted that there were no complaints about Baker's pitcher usage in San Francisco. It's tougher to defend his actions with Prior and Harang, but consideration must be given to the fact it would have happened regardless.

And there's certainly no defending the actions of whichever spineless person chose to take a dump at Baker's feet.

(Was this an inside job? Certainly no fan could get access to the field before the gates even open.)

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Tags: Cubs, Dusty Baker

Since: Jun 21, 2009
Posted on: February 22, 2011 5:15 pm

Baker reveals disturbing Cubs story

I admit it, it was me. I don't know why anybody would make such a big stink about it. The facilities at Wrigley are god-awful; I had a friend who had a friend whose girlfriend got pregnant from a toilet seat at Wrigley. Maybe if the team upgraded the facilities to at least 20th century standards the fans at the games wouldn't be compelled to take a dump in the home dugout.

So, nothing personal, Dusty. I didn't take a dump in your spot in the dugout after you picked Livan over Woody to start Game 7, so if there ever was a time to lay some cable and send a message aqbout your managing skills, that would have been it.

Since: Apr 6, 2009
Posted on: February 22, 2011 5:13 pm

Baker reveals disturbing Cubs story

Sh1tty Story.  The Cubs take a collective dump every year.

Since: Sep 6, 2010
Posted on: February 22, 2011 5:11 pm

Baker reveals disturbing Cubs story

Dusty baker had zilch to do with harangs arm it was dead two years before he got here...get your facts straight before you add fuel to this bs about him ruining pitchers careers.

Since: Jan 9, 2011
Posted on: February 22, 2011 5:01 pm
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Since: Jan 24, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2011 4:54 pm

Baker reveals disturbing Cubs story

you really cant see how this is different from any other job? come on.

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2011 4:54 pm

Baker reveals disturbing Cubs story

I'm a big fan of the Cubs and Dusty Baker, but even I cannot remember Baker ever managing the Cubs. Best of luck to both of them because there is already too much drama regarding MLB. Perhaps MLB should take a season off like the NFL and NBA are pondering. That way the NHL will rise to the top of the American sports audience.....or maybe not!

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2011 4:53 pm

Baker reveals disturbing Cubs story

The picture looks like he is the one dropping the deuce, just sayin.

Since: Aug 11, 2010
Posted on: February 22, 2011 4:48 pm

Baker reveals disturbing Cubs story

How is this different than any other job?  Seriously.  This has happened at a couple of places where I've worked and had friends say the same where they work.  Whenever the company announces major restructuring, layoffs, etc.....A steaming pile appears somewhere it shouldn't.  And I'm not talking about Blue Collar, low skilled jobs either.  I'm talking about white collar offices in corporate america.  Honestly not surprised it happened in a MLB clubhouse.  People do sick things while under what they feel is an extreme amount of pressure to perform.  Doesn't excuse the action by any means.  Just don't think Dusty should take it real personal.  Someone couldn't work out there own frustrations in a more constructive way. 

Since: Oct 19, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2011 4:48 pm

Baker reveals disturbing Cubs story

This is the best news for the Cubs!? A story that happend yers ago?  Crap. Pun intended.

Since: Jan 16, 2011
Posted on: February 22, 2011 4:39 pm

Baker reveals disturbing Cubs story

Whats even more distrurbing is the fact that a major league professional team allowed this to happen and didnt do anything about it. Major league baseball didnt disipline the owners of this rag tag organization. And say what you want, has this ever happened to a white manager that has not fullfilled the promise of having good players and not winning a world series. No human being should ever have to endure this type of treatment. What do you think would happen if some jerk took a dump in his bosses office. Do you think he or she would still be employed there. But the Cubs did nothing. And we want to know what is wrong with professional sports, athletes, owners. And worst of all these types behaviors filter down to our children because they read these stories and say its ok to treat people like this because theyre doing a bad job, but nothing will happen. Its a real sad state of affairs for professional sports. And somebody threatened his life. So even the criminal part wasnt addressed. WOW!!!!

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