2022 World Championships: 25 years later, Astros manager Dusty Becker gets his ring

Houston – Nick Castellanos swing Kyle Tucker Chase and doodle Dusty Baker. Such as Astros tear World Championship 2022their manager first needs to write down the last play in their trusted scorecard: F9.

By the time he was finished, his coaching staff had surrounded him in celebration. They shouted his name and rubbed his head and hugged him at once. Baker had to grab the net of the Minute Maid Park’s lair to keep it from falling.

“I was laughed at,” Becker said. “But I didn’t care.”

Dusty Baker moment

Dusty Baker moment

Houston’s Dusty Baker chats with Tom Verducci, Alex Rodriguez, Frank Thomas and David Ortiz after winning his first World Championship title as a manager.

how to? For decades, the major statesman in baseball has sought this moment. He won the world championship as a Dodgers Player in 1981, but wanted one player – in fact, two – as coach. The chase took him to five teams and through cancer and a stroke. He has learned to balance today’s priorities with those of tomorrow in a society that believes it is leaning more towards the former with each passing year.

Twenty-five seasons and dozens of seasons in his coaching career, Ghad Baker finally came with a very talented team that, three years ago, needed him to protect them from the signal-stealing scandal.

He reached his tomorrow because of his patience. Baker only left the bunker once during the Astros 4-1 game 6 win Over the Phyllis, was not to remove the jar but to consult with the referee’s staff. In all series, Becker broke with tradition and stuck to the novices longer than modern standards dictate.

Astros win the 2022 World Championship

Astros win the 2022 World Championship

Houston celebrates its second championship in franchise history.

His counterpart, Senior General Manager Rob Thompson, earned praise for aggressively calling out his best loyalists in a level playing field 1. His gamble won Philadelphia A surprise victory, but a similar bet in the sixth game marked the end of Velez.

as such Jordan Alvarez Approaching with the Astros down a run in the sixth, Thompson turned to Joseph Alvaradoalthough the ace Zach Wheeler The badly injured ball didn’t give up all night. The next round, which Alvarez achieved at home by three games, became the difference.

When I started his game 3, Lance McCullers Jr.Got a problem, Baker left him in the long past when most managers did. McCullers broke the Homers’ record for a post-season game surrender, losing the Astros 7-0 in what looked like a momentum-building issue for the Phillies. Becker was troubled by post-game inquiries about misplaced confidence in his veteran player.

It turns out that the 2022 Astros never lost again. Baker saved his fold for tomorrow.

Baker and McCullers built a relationship out of their shared love of all things, seafood. After learning that McCullers cherished his fish, Baker began dropping selected salmon fillets into his tank.

Becker said to him, “Ask a cook to make it for you.”

Random baker. He is pious. It is thoughtful. It is sensitive. It’s fun. He is famous. Within the sport that has been his home for more than half a century, he is above all loved.

“Dusty is one of those guys who, when he’s in the room, changes the vibe and feel of everything,” McCullers said. “When he was hired here after the scandal, he gave us a sense of self and stability. We were really able to grow and thrive with that sense of stability and confidence in our men that he brought us.”

It took one conversation in January 2020 with Becker, Astros owner Jim Crane said, until he became convinced he had found the right replacement for AJ Hinch.

“We needed a guy who had a lot of experience and a lot of poise, who had gone through a lot of things,” Crane said. “And he handled it very well.”

Astros owner Jim Crane talks about his nickname

Astros owner Jim Crane talks about his nickname

Astros owner Jim Crane discusses support from his team’s fan base after winning the championship.

On his first day, Baker told the team he didn’t care what had happened in years past.

“I will stand here with you guys, and we will fight,” he said. “We have a great team, and we are going to win the first world championship of these years.”

It took three years. The Astros had five short wins in 2020, and two in 2021. In 2022, Becker, at age 73, became the oldest man to run and win a world championship.

He learned a long time ago to harness his excitement and anxiety before these high stakes games. Before Saturday’s game, Baker went out for coffee at his favorite Rice Village store and visited a cobbler to buy a pair of shoes. He said that Game 6 had been his “enemy” for years, so he tried to avoid thinking too much about it.

“I mean, I just got so many feelings,” Becker said.

Now, he can let go of everything.

Baker has always said that if he won one world championship, he would win two. This remains his goal. In the wake of a champagne-soaked Saturday, Crane won’t be fully committed to bringing Baker back in 2023. Even Baker seemed less certain about that.

He said, “I mean, it was hell to get to this point.”

But he found joy in that hell, and gratitude in his heartache. If the giants overtake 2002 him AngelsHad his 2021 Astros overshadowed the Braves, he might have called it a career. Instead, it’s still here.

“It probably wasn’t supposed to happen,” Becker said. “So that I can impact the lives of a few young people, their families, and a number of people in the country by showing you what perseverance and character can do for you in the long run.”

It was a long walk for one person. Range may be much shorter for two people.

Pedro Moura is the National Baseball Writer for FOX Sports. He has previously covered Dodgers for The Athletic, The Angels and Dodgers for the Orange County Register and the Los Angeles Times, and his university, USC, for ESPN Los Angeles. He is the author of “How to Beat a Broken Game”. Follow him on Twitter at Tweet embed.


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