|Reds catcher Ryan Hanigan talks with Dusty Baker before Monday's game in St. Louis. (US Presswire)|
Reds manager Dusty Baker rejoined the team for Monday's game in St. Louis, as planned and for the first time since suffering a mini-stroke in Chicago, Baker addressed the media.
According to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Baker teared up when he talked about how lucky he was to suffer his mini-stroke in a Chicago hospital. Baker was admitted to the hospital on Sept. 18 with an irregular heartbeat. He was scheduled to be released on Sept. 21, but a nurse noticed Baker couldn't say his name.
“I always had a pretty good perspective on things,” Baker said, according to the Enquirer. “Now, this makes me feel more appreciative of things, my family. I feel truly blessed to be in the hospital when I had a mini-stroke. You can't get any more blessed than that. They way I look it, it's our year. We've got a great support staff here. My guys did a great job while I was out.
“I was thinking the other day, everybody's had a chance this year. . . everybody's had a chance to pick each other [up]. That's what kind of team we have. I feel truly blessed."
Baker said he never thought about not returning to the team.