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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: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2011 3:58 pm

Baker reveals disturbing Cubs story

Only in Chicago...

Since: Nov 21, 2010
Posted on: February 22, 2011 3:54 pm

Baker reveals disturbing Cubs story

this is fug-ugly, it has to be an inside dump job, it wasn't a fan, it was way b/4 the gates open. Maybe one of the players who hated him?

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2011 3:48 pm

Baker reveals disturbing Cubs story

What a pathetic column by CBS. Yeah, it's nearing the end of black history month, and CBS has to meet their quota of columns depicting racism, oppression, the man keeping everybody down, the struggle, etc. So now the storyline is that Baker left Chicago because they were all rich, white, racists? Are you sure that there isn't a way to blame George Bush for this? Certainly Bush had to be involved. Good grief. Baker is a horrible manager, who manages to keep getting jobs (any guess as to why?). His managerial skills have nothing to do with his skin color. This guy is just bad. Jim Riggleman was run out of Chicago, and rightly so, but he was white and that's OK. It's OK to for Riggleman to be a horrible manager, but if Baker is criticized, it must be racism. A large potion of the Red's success is directly attributable to Walt Jocketty, not Dusty Baker.

Since: Oct 5, 2010
Posted on: February 22, 2011 3:46 pm

Baker reveals disturbing Cubs story

Baker is a good manager that happens to be black and managed the Chicago Cubs who have not won in a gazillion years. Managers are always going to be second guessed for their decisions and that goes with the job. He has won everywhere he has been so he deserves a little credit. He took SF, Chicago and Cinci to the playoffs and there other Managers out there that have never won but keep getting re-hired. Go figure!!!!

Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2011 3:46 pm

Baker reveals disturbing Cubs story

My question is this:  How exactly does a pile of poo convey racism?  Sure, comments can be added to make poo a prop of a racist joke, but poo all by itself is not racist.

You poo

I Poo

everyboby poops (they even wrote a book about it)

Maybe someday we can all put racism aside and poop together.

(I tried to make this a serious just didn't work out that way.)

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2011 3:43 pm

Baker reveals disturbing Cubs story

This is not the whole story. The groundskeeper tried to remove it right away, but Baker insisted on leaving it there for a few more innings.

Since: Nov 18, 2010
Posted on: February 22, 2011 3:43 pm

Baker reveals disturbing Cubs story

A slow story day or what ? are we suppose to take his and your word for it ..... Where is the photo

Since: Nov 28, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2011 3:30 pm

Baker reveals disturbing Cubs story

A total non story, I've been to Chicago, everyone poops on the ceeeement.

Since: Apr 11, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2011 3:21 pm

Baker reveals disturbing Cubs story

no problem Evan, I am available for hire to fact check if need be...haha.

Since: Apr 11, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2011 3:19 pm

Baker reveals disturbing Cubs story

Yeah it was ortiz he Yanked in Game 6, and Baker probably still thinks about it to this day. anyway, crappy story, but fact check next time.

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