Dusty Baker’s Son Hits Game-Defining Grand Slam Against Astros: “Dinner on Me Tonight Slams”
Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker has settled in Major League Baseball since 1995. Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker Jr. is set to host his son, Darren Baker, in the upcoming Grand Slam against the Houston Astros in Jupiter, Florida. Darren Baker is a minor league player in the hit a crucial grand slam against his father's team in the ninth inning of Friday's game, and the Nats won 11-7 in a spring practice game. Dusty and Darren Baker exchanged lineups prior to a spring training game, which Darren Baker thought he was going to play today, but was waved for him to take out the line-up card.
Published : 2 weeks ago by Anita Murphy in Sports
Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker has settled in since 1995.
Baker has pretty much seen it all in that time, including winning his in Houston last season after failing to win a ring in his two previous managerial appearances.
Dusty Baker Jr. of the Houston Astros signs autographs for fans before a game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium on March 6, 2023 in Jupiter, Fla. (Megan Briggs/Getty Images)
And now he’s allowed to train against his son.
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On Friday, Darren Baker, a minor league player in the hit a crucial grand slam against his father’s team in the ninth inning, and the Nats won 11-7 in a spring practice game.
The 24-year-old isn’t exactly known for his punching power in his pro career ahead of Friday’s Grand Slam.
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“I knew he was going to get in touch,” Dusty Baker said, according to MLB.com, “because he doesn’t lash out. But when the ball went up I just hoped it would be a sacrificial fly and be happy with it. He would get the RBI and we would win. But he nailed it pretty well. He had some good bats. I didn’t know if I should be a proud daddy or an angry daddy. “
Darren Baker of the Wilmington Blue Rocks (Nationals) in the sixth inning of an MLB All-Star Futures game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on July 16, 2022. (Keith Birmingham/MediaNews Group/Pasadena Star-News via Getty Images)
Darren, who finished last season in Double-A, also scored in the eighth inning.
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“It was incredible,” said Darren. “I don’t know when I was bullied like that in the dugout, Jeter [Downs] yelled at me. He was at second base in front of me. I don’t know, it was like an out of body experience.”
Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker poses with his son, Washington Nationals minor league player Darren Baker after exchanging lineups prior to a spring training game at the Palm Beaches Ballpark March 19, 2022 in West Palm Beach, Florida has (Doug Murray/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
It’s not the first time father and son have gone head-to-head and swapped the two line-up cards ahead of Friday’s game.
“He thought he was going to play today,” Dusty said. “But he didn’t know when he was going to come in. [Nationals coach Tim] Bogar waved at me, and then my son waved for me to take out the line-up card.”
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