Reds manager Dusty Baker spent four years in Chicago as manager of the Cubs from 2003-06. And although it's been nearly half a decade since, the 62-year old still seems a bit sour on the way things ended there.
Baker was asked before Monday's Reds-Cubs Spring Training game how he felt about playing against a team he used to manage. Here's what he had to say:
“I don’t like to lose to them. I don’t like losing to places I’ve been before," said Baker -- who also served as skipper of the Giants from 1993-2002.
“Not the Giants as much as the Cubs though,” Baker exclaimed. “I was treated better (in San Francisco). I got treated pretty good by some people in Chicago. I got treated pretty poorly by a lot of people in Chicago, especially at the end. That’s OK. It’s all good."
The 3-time NL Manager of the Year also had this to say when asked if the Cubs would have been better off retaining him: “Probably. But at the end, it probably wouldn’t have worked because no matter what I did was wrong. When you get to that stage, you have no choice.”
Baker was replaced by Lou Piniella at the end of the 2006 campaign after the organization opted not to renew his contract. He compiled a 322-326 record and led the team to one division title ('03) in four seasons as manager.
Baker faces a similar dilemma now. He is now in the final year of his contract and it's still unknown if he'll be back to manage the Reds beyond 2012. Baker has led the franchise to one division title and a 322-326 mark in four seasons as head man.