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Friday, August 10, 2012
Yeah, a regular Non-Champion Jack Dupree. (disconsolate Carl Davis fan ends rant)
Cubdom’s love affair with Baker hit the rocks in Game 6 of the ’03 NL Championship Series and then unraveled like a Kardashian marriage.
Pick any of the flaws and misfortune that bedeviled the Cubs from 2004 to ’06: Mark Prior’s many ailments, a tiff with Steve Stone, Corey Patterson’s perplexing obsession with high fastballs. Baker was blamed for all of it.
‘‘Corey Patterson is a mystery to this day,” he said. “Before he got hurt in ’03, he was our best player. When he came back, he couldn’t hit high fastballs or breaking balls in the dirt, and he couldn’t lay off them. He never developed a plan at the plate.”
Criticism comes with the job —Baker knows that. But the Chicago style was cynical and personal, much of it delivered by baseball sages who never went to the ballpark or spent any time around him or his team.
Posted: August 10, 2012 at 08:03 AM | 52 comment(s)
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