Optimistic Baker says SF still special
Reds manager receives warm welcome from Giants fans
SAN FRANCISCO -- Dusty Baker managed the Giants to seven winning records and three postseason appearances in 10 years with them. Yet San Francisco's winningest manager believes that his best efforts at steering a club await him.If so, that's good news for the Cincinnati Reds, whom Baker joined this season after taking a one-year break from managing. "You learn to control your emotions a little better," Baker said Friday, explaining why added experience should generate enhanced results. "You learn to trust your insides and instincts a little more. I think you're in tune with yourself and the game and everything else." Baker had little trouble keeping his feelings in check while returning to San Francisco for the first time with the Reds. The experience wasn't as bittersweet as it was in 2003, Baker's first of four seasons with the Chicago Cubs. At that point, Baker was still coping with the transition from the Giants. "It's a little less emotional because I was playing against all the guys on my team, that we just went to the World Series with [in 2002]," Baker said. "Now, there's only a few guys I know over there." Yet Baker, who still has a home in Northern California, readily acknowledged that the Bay Area and San Francisco remain special for him. Reminded that plenty of fans still love him -- he received warm applause from the AT&T Park crowd when he was shown on the Diamond Vision video board before the fifth inning -- Baker replied, "I love them. ... The City's a very unique place."
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Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.