Houston Astros head Dusty Baker has coached successful Major League Baseball since 1995.
Baker has conscionable astir seen it each successful that time, including winning his first World Series past play successful Houston aft failing to triumph a ringing successful his 2 erstwhile appearances arsenic a manager.
Dusty Baker Jr. of nan Houston Astros signs autographs for fans anterior to a crippled against nan St. Louis Cardinals astatine Roger Dean Stadium March 6, 2023, successful Jupiter, Fla. (Megan Briggs/Getty Images)
And now he gets to coach against his son.
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On Friday, Darren Baker, a insignificant leaguer successful nan Washington Nationals' organization, deed a game-tying expansive slam successful nan ninth inning against his father’s team, and nan Nats went connected to triumph 11-7 successful a outpouring training game.
The 24-year-old is not known for his power, hitting conscionable three location runs successful his master profession earlier Friday’s expansive slam.
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"I knew he was going to make contact," Dusty Baker said, according to MLB.com, "because he doesn’t onslaught out. But erstwhile nan shot went up, I was conscionable hoping it would beryllium a sacrifice alert and beryllium happy pinch that. He'd get nan RBI, and we’d get nan win. But he deed it beautiful good. He had a mates bully at-bats. I didn’t cognize whether to beryllium a proud father aliases an angry papa."
Darren Baker of nan Wilmington Blue Rocks (Nationals) successful nan sixth inning of an MLB All-Star Futures crippled astatine Dodger Stadium successful Los Angeles July 16, 2022. (Keith Birmingham/MediaNews Group/Pasadena Star-News via Getty Images)
Darren, who vanished past play successful Double-A, besides singled successful nan eighth inning.
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"It was unbelievable," Darren said. "I don’t cognize erstwhile I’ve been mobbed for illustration that successful nan dugout. Jeter [Downs] was yelling astatine me. He was successful beforehand of maine astatine 2nd base. I don’t know, it was conscionable for illustration an out-of-body type of experience."
Houston Astros head Dusty Baker poses pinch his son, Washington Nationals insignificant convention subordinate Darren Baker, aft exchanging lineups earlier a outpouring training crippled astatine The Ballpark of The Palm Beaches March 19, 2022, successful West Palm Beach, Fla. (Doug Murray/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
It’s not nan first clip nan begetter and boy person squared off, and nan 2 exchanged lineup cards earlier Friday’s game.
"He thought he was going to play today," said Dusty. "But he didn’t cognize erstwhile he was going to get in. [Nationals coach Tim] Bogar gave maine nan wave, and past my boy gave maine nan activity that he was taking nan lineup paper out."
Joe Morgan is simply a Sports Reporter for Fox News.