Baker prays for strength, team
The 2013 season has been challenging all around for the Reds, in large part because of all the injuries the club has dealt with this season.
Johnny Cueto is on the disabled list for the third time; Sean Marshall is on the DL for the second time and hasn’t pitched since May. Jonathan Broxton had season-ending forearm surgery on Friday. Ryan Ludwick missed four months for shoulder surgery. Ryan Hanigan, Manny Parra and Chris Heisey have also had DL time.
Reds manager Dusty Baker has had to work around these injuries and his third-place team is very much in the hunt for the NL Central Division race and has a Wild Card spot already if the season ended today. Baker admitted Friday to seeking some divine help and that he does hear the critics of his job performance.
“We’ve had a lot of injuries,” Baker said. “It started out with [third base coach] Mark Berry having cancer. Now which would you rather have, injuries or cancer? You understand what I’m saying? It tests you and your strength. I pray for strength all the time. I went to St. Peter in Chains [church] today. I was praying for strength and to heal some of our guys. Sometimes, I need strength too. I’m very strong but sometimes you need some more. When you’re the leader, most of the blame falls on you whether it’s unjust or right. You still need strength. Sometimes you just get tired of hearing criticism when you’re doing the best job that you can. Our guys are busting their butts for us. It goes two ways. I bust my butt for them. I ask a lot of them. I push them pretty hard but that’s how championships are made.”