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I’m fairly certain if I put an entire box of 1992 baseball cards in front of Dusty Baker, he’d happily open the entire thing — and probably get excited looking at every single card.
Baker, the current Washington Nationals manager, is this week’s guest on my 25-Year-Old Baseball Cards series and it’s pretty clear that he loved every second of it. As he should, considering his history in the game. He played 19 seasons in the big leagues, then managed for the Giants, Cubs and Reds over the last two decades.
Not surprisingly, Baker had something to say about everyone — including the pitcher he and his team nearly brawled with. And one pitcher who made funny noises. Heck, he even shares a great story about another player-turned-manager, Ozzie Guillen.
Worth a plug here: We met up with Baker at a recent Play Ball event at Gallaudet University in Washington D.C., where he was helping motivate youngsters to play baseball and learn the game. Some of the kids were deaf or hard-of-hearing. Baseball cards, as Baker and I talked about, are another avenue to getting kids interested in baseball.
If you like this, be sure to check out our previous episodes too.
PREVIOUSLY IN THIS SERIES:
• Bruce Bochy
• Aaron Boone
• Clayton Kershaw
• Buck Showalter
• Frank Thomas
• Alex Rodriguez
• Scott Boras
• Bobby Bonilla
• Joel McHale
• Adam Eaton
• Rajai Davis
• Brad Ziegler and Tyler Clippard
• Ken Kendrick
• Jeff Passan
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