Dusty Baker: Pure Class

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Dusty Baker: Pure Class

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I know, I know. It seems like I’ve been on a Dusty Baker-bashing crusade of late. And that’s because I have.

But when a guy gives you so many pearls of douche, you simply have to sound the alarm. The latest comes courtesy of Adam Wainwright’s very serious, season-ending elbow injury.

The telephone in manager Dusty Baker’s office rang early Wednesday morning while he was meeting with the writers and he said, “Hey, son. Thank you, my son. Thank you big-time. Significant, huh? A significant injury. Thank you, my son, for the tip. I love you.”

Baker hung up laughing and said, “That was my son, Darren, giving me the Adam Wainwright Report. That’s my scout right there.”

It was in reference to the return to St. Louis of Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright for a thorough examination of an ouchy elbow.

As luck would have it, Rick Hummell, baseball writer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch was in Baker’s office Wednesday and before Baker’s son called, Hummell asked about Wainwright’s arm issues and Baker said, “What kind of arm issues does he have?”

Told that he had elbow issues, Baker smiled shyly and said, “Who are they going to  blame for that one?” Baker, of course, is forever being accused (wrongfully) of ruining pitchers’ arms with overuse or misuse. Dayton Daily News.

Of course, Baker went on to say all the expected platitudes about “hating to see that,” “good young man,” and “tough loss.” Still, for jokes and barbs directed to your former fan base to be your first reaction is quite telling. And that’s me being generous in assuming he wasn’t actually tickled by the news.

If Dusty’s recent, public re-imagining of his time in Chicago weren’t enough to demonstrate that he is simply not a good guy, feel free to toss this recent crap onto the tire fire.


Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.