After Kenny Lofton flied out to Angels center fielder Darin Erstad to end the 2002 World Series, Giants manager, Dusty Baker, carrying his 3-year-old son, Darren Baker, from the dugout to the clubhouse. Little Darren was crying, upset that his father lost the Fall Classic.
Twenty years later, it was a different story. Darren, a 23-year-old minor league player in the Nationals organization, was in attendance at Minute Maid Park on Saturday night and watched his father win his first World Series title as manager when the Astros defeated the Phillies, 4-1, in the deciding factor of Game 6. This time, there was no crying from Darren:
When Dusty saw Darren in the field, the two hugged. Not much was said. Many things were said without wordsaccording to Darren. He reminded his father of a conversation they had earlier that day, when Darren had told Dusty that the Astros were going to beat the Phillies later that day. Dusty responded, “We did.”
Darren also had a great time at the parade in Houston. It was the first time he had attended such an event. He said that he had never seen so many people in his life. Darren was standing next to third baseman Alex Bregman when a fan threw a beer at them. He took it and took a drink:
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World Series: It stayed in the family! Darren Baker thus celebrated the victory of his father Dusty in SM vs Phillies