Baker Recalls Ugly End To Cubs Tenure

Dusty Baker spent four seasons as the manager of the Chicago Cubs. In those four years he went from being honored with the slogan “In Dusty We Trusty,” to an ugly present left for him in the dugout.

“At the very end, somebody took a dump right where I stood in the dugout every day,” Baker told Jon Paul Morosi of 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.’”

Baker got the Cubs to within five outs of the World Series before one of the most notorious foul balls and a botched ground ball derailed the team.

Around the same time as the dugout incident, Baker said he began to receive attacking, and often racially charged, letters and telephone calls.

Baker failed to do what every Cubs manager has failed to do since 1908, and it’s what makes the job so stressful and yet appealing.

“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.”

Since Baker, the reigns of the Cubs have been passed to Lou Piniella and now into the hands of Mike Quade.

  • Dino Fenton

    Don’t carewhat Dusty has to say, when he failed to visit the mound after Pryor went crazy the team lost its composure. He didn’t win in San Fran either, so blame the Fans, what an idiot.

    DF Grayslake IL

  • paulh

    Not to forget that he was totally out managed by trader Jack. The other guy used his entire staff including Beckett (a starter) for emergency long relief. Matt Clement sat on his duff the entire series because as Baker explained, he’s a starter, not a reliever. Baker was given the best teams in baseball in S.F and Chicago – and lost. As far as racial garbage, if that REALLY happened – there’s no room for that in sports. Baker didn’t lose because he’s black, he lost because he’s NOT a good manager.

  • Spoon

    I wonder what he’ll make up when the Reds implode on him this year? Will he be smart enough to use a different pre-written laminated hate mail, or will he show them pictures of feces from different spots around the dugout?

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  • paulh

    Given a chance, he’ll destroy Volquez, Cueto and the Cuban lefty Arnoldo Chapman(?) just like he did with Wood and Prior. Both Volquez and Cueto had arm problems already with him calling the shots. Again, if anything racial happened, it’s not right. But, I don’t believe him – nor did I believe Miltie the NUT Bradley. It’s the same old crutch for the same old people.

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