“A Storybook Ending”- Houston Astros Manager Dusty Baker Wants to Honor Atlanta Braves Legend With World Series Win

Published 10/26/2021, 8:45 AM EDT
Oct 22, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker Jr. (12) looks on in the eighth inning during game six of the 2021 ALCS against the Boston Red Sox at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports


In 1968, a 19-year-old Dusty Baker made his MLB debut as an outfielder for the Atlanta Braves against the Houston Astros. 53 years later, he finds himself in quite the story as the manager of the Astros, who will take on the Braves in this year’s World Series.

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During the initial years with the Braves, Baker forged a special bond with Hank Aaron, one of the best hitters of all-time. In a recent interaction, the 72-year-old spoke about the importance of winning the Fall Classic for him.

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Dusty Baker looks to win the World Series for Hank Aaron

Aaron played for the Braves for over two decades. In fact, he featured in the team when they were in Milwaukee before moving to Atlanta. During his career, he earned a whopping 25 All-Star appearances, and won the World Series in 1957.

His death in January this year shook Baker, who considered Aaron as his mentor in the sport. When asked about Aaron, the 72-year-old admitted he wanted to win this year’s World Series for his former teammate.

Sep 22, 2021; Anaheim, California, USA; Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker Jr. (12) wears a face mask and gloves during a game against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

He said“In terms of what he did for people’s lives outside of baseball and what he did for mine, it really makes me want to do more for people. I really want to try and win this year in his honor.”

Baker also spoke about visiting Aaron’s family in Atlanta after his death, while mentioning this year’s World Series gives quite the ending to a stunning chapter in his career.

“In the year of Hank Aaron’s passing, to go back to Atlanta and talk to his wife and his kids and all the people that are close to the family … it’s very special,” said the 72-year-old. “This is kinda going to be a storybook ending, really, for all of us.”

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The Houston Astros will have home advantage in the World Series

Due to their superior regular season record, four of the seven World Series games will take place in the Minute Maid Park.

Oct 22, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker Jr. (12) celebrates after defeating the Boston Red Sox to advance to the World Series after game six of the 2021 ALCS at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports

While the Astros are strong at home, they are also capable of producing wins on the road. In the ALCS against the Boston Red Sox, two of their four wins came at Fenway Park, which shows their capability. Although the Braves look a solid outfit, this could be the Astros’ best chance to win their second World Series title.

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Sanket Nair

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Sanket Nair is an F1 & US Sports Author at EssentiallySports. He began following F1 since 2010, which made him an instant Sebastian Vettel fan. His favorite tracks on the calendar include Spa-Francorchamps, Monaco and Monza.

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