Former Giants manager Dusty Baker coached the team for 10 years, until after the Giants’ 2002 World Series loss. He went on to coach the Chicago Cubs until this last off-season. The Examiner caught up with the former skipper as he enjoyed a lunch in Hoffman Park along the American River in Carmichael.
What do you think of fans leaving AT&T Park directly after Barry Bonds’ last at-bat? It depends on what they came there to see. Did they come to see the game or did they come to see Barry hit a home run? What’s going to be interesting is after he breaks the record and the team’s not going for the playoffs, then how many people are going to come? At that time, you’ll see who the true fans are.
The last time we saw your son Darren, he was almost run over at home plate in the 2002 World Series. Does he remember that play? He remembers it because everybody reminds him. Not only that, all the other kids remember. He’s kind of like a little kid celebrity.
What’s the biggest difference between Chicago and San Francisco? Chicago’s a lot bigger in area and people. The neighborhoods are much more distinct.
Any difference in attitudes between Chicago and San Francisco? Chicago is a little tougher. … Chicago’s more of a downtown city, and San Francisco is a suburban fan base.
Did you follow the Golden State Warriors last season? The only time I really missed managing so far was Game 4 (against the Dallas Mavericks). That’s one game I really could have managed. That was the most exciting game in 20 years — including the World Series — I’ve been to. I couldn’t sleep.
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