Catching up with Dusty Baker
Earlier today, I had a conversation with former Reds manager Dusty Baker and we got to catch up for a few minutes on the phone. Click here for the story.
Since his dismissal in October, Baker has been traveling a lot and staying busy with numerous enterprises. He also has his home winery in Sacramento. Of course, he’d like to be back in baseball but was not successful in landing a managing job when the other vacancies came open in Detroit, Washington and Seattle. But he’s found other things to do to fill some of the void. This will be only the second time in 21 years he does not have a Spring Training to oversee as a manager.
“Hey, life goes on,” Baker said. “I’m spending time with my son [14-year-old Darren]. It’s been nice watching him play basketball and now he’s getting ready for baseball. I’ve had eight months worth of honey-dos to make up. I’m trying not to think about baseball. It still hurts some. You find other avenues for the time.”
This quote wasn’t in the story, but I also asked Baker if he had been keeping up with the Reds activities, or any their players, this winter.
“Somewhat. You follow the guys and some of the signings,” Baker said. “I’m not glued to the TV watching MLB [Network] like I’d be doing if I were still managing and it was the off-season or during the season. It doesn’t do much good now. You have to go on with your life.”