Astros won the World Series as Dusty Baker finally managed the championship.

COMMENTS TO THIS STORY HOUSTON — Many Houston Astros were smaller than the lively celebrations held near their home dugouts when they celebrated their World Series Championships at Minute Maid Park Stadium on Saturday night. It’s where coaches and players have come to expect from manager Dusty Baker, who won the first World Series title in 30 years after winning Game 6 4-1 against the Philadelphia Phillies. : Framber Valdez pitched 6 innings. Jordan Alvarez led the Astros with a three-run homer in the sixth inning. Their dominant bullpen kept it. Perhaps even after all that, Baker has already endured the hard part. Astros finished an amazing postseason, losing two games en route to their second title in six years. It’s cleared up their coaching staff and made them need a manager who can withstand the storm to come. Jeremy Peña, with 10 hits and 3 RBIs in 25 at-bats, was named World Series MVP for the first time as a rookie. Now he has to wear it. Whether this win qualifies for redemption for the Astros’ tainted 2017 title is a question of collective baseball ritual that can hardly be agreed upon on many. But one thing it agrees on is Baker, a beloved presence around the sport. He is not a perfect manager. He’s not a perfect man and this is an issue he’s raised several times since he took over. The Astros made a mistake, he says. But the same goes for everyone who boos them and that person. Compensates for resilience. It uncovers the truth. And the truth about Baker with over 30 years of management experience is that few in this game are as universally respected as this one. . He accepted a legacy that didn’t include it. He said his name wasn’t his 2,093 regular season wins and that nobody would make him feel like a loser. Moving on, he was there to put him in a position to fire himself, to answer questions about every decision, and to be told that he wasn’t analytical enough to handle this data-driven era. No, Baker always had a feeling that fate was playing a role here and something bigger was at work. And over the years he’s had the hope that whatever it is, it will eventually lead him here. Baker became the oldest manager to win a World Series title at the age of 73 when Kyle Tucker caught the final on Saturday night. Baker had never been on the brink of a title like this in 20 years. The Astros never won a championship last season. But on Saturday he shook hands with his friends and celebrities before a game and added country star George Straight to his long list of acquaintances. As he leaned against the cage during Astros batting practice, several people came to sit down and chat with him as usual. At times, at pre-match press conferences, he seemed nervous. At other times, when describing the support they feel from African-Americans in Houston and around the sport, it’s never been asked, as when talking about the responsibilities that come with his role as the most prominent black manager in baseball history. Astros shortstop Jeremy Peña ‘I don’t act like a rookie’ he talks about souls who have come before him. Every season he saw friends and loved ones leave, he saw young people leave the sport or die, and sometimes he saw the game shift to an era where he thought he had no place to stand. Earlier this postseason, Baker speculated that “10 or 12 more years” could be left, and that engagement meant what he meant for the sport as well as the planet. He never escaped from his own death. But he didn’t let the World Series dream die either. His son Darren was a 3-year-old batboy when he first took the opportunity. Get him out of danger, one of the most iconic images in recent baseball history. Darren was also there on Saturday and he was old enough to be part of a champagne celebration — old enough to know exactly what this means. At Spring Training: The Nationals stunned Dusty Baker with an unexpected addition to the lineup. His son Baker had previously started chasing the title. Darren was also born. He managed 10 years before making his way to his first World Series. Twenty years ago, twenty years ago, Baker wondered if his decision to pick starting pitcher Russ Ortiz, who could have been the decisive Game 6, would be a World Series legacy. The Giants’ bullpen couldn’t catch the lead that Baker threw. Valdez was born weeks after Baker finished his first season as a manager in 1993. Baker probably wouldn’t have this title without him. The left-handed pitcher allowed a total of three runs in this year’s postseason starts and started on Saturday. He left Saturday, allowing four runs in four games starting this year. At one point, he struck out the first five batters in a row for the Phillies Order, the second lefty in World Series history. The other was a guy by the name of Sandy Koufax, but Phillies starting pitcher Zack Wheeler matched him almost every step of the way. The two pitched in the bottom of the fifth inning without allowing the runner to go to third base, let alone scoring. In fact, it was Valdez who blinked first when he allowed Kyle Schwarber an unquestioned home run in the sixth inning. Then Astros put the two on the bottom of the inning. Now it was Rob Thomson who had to decide how best to keep the lead in a potentially decisive World Series game. He had to decide whether to go with the dominant Wheeler or reach out to his top reeler. And Thomson was him. The first hitter Jose Alvarado faced was Yordan Alvarez, so you’ll be wondering for years to come. Alvarez hit a three-run home run at 450 feet in center field. Baker was nine outs and when Alvarez returned to the dugout, Baker was farthest from home plate, an unusual position. Alvarez went down, climbed the stairs, and high-fived Baker. It must have been the most intense thing the two of them shared in their lives. Legend has it that Baker invented the action while playing. Baker’s life was by no means short. In fact, he lacked anything other than winning the World Series as a manager. His Reds were never perfect enough. The Nationals pushed the division series twice, showing five games on his watch, but both times lacked hits or play or breaks. After the Nationals lost Game 5, he waited days to finalize his deal. That didn’t happen, so he assumed it would happen in California and flew to California. He took the phone, not the contract. And he was finally scattered from the team he thought would get the title he wanted and lost his job at the age of 70. Two years later, he saw one of his mentees, Dave Martinez, lead them instead, and about a week earlier, Nationals owner Mark Lerner called him to congratulate him and wish him good health. This is Baker’s experience with the sport he loves, cherishing it until he doesn’t love it and putting it aside to the whims of the capricious sport. But that volatile sport gave Astros one last complex chance when he needed a fresh start. And like fate, that last chance came with one of the most successful organizations in the sport. If the Nationals hadn’t fired him, if the scandal hadn’t happened… Well, Baker learned long ago that what he wants isn’t always what he wants and it’s not always what he needs. But on Saturday, Baker got the title he wanted. , a title that everyone said he needed. The quest that spent most of his later adult life was completed. But Baker has always insisted that if he wins the World Series once, he will win it twice. After that he will be happy to have the opportunity to test the theory.
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