Notes From Dusty Baker Press Conference
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From Dusty, himself:
"I love challenges."
"I know I'm not a miracle man. I don't know if it's going to take a year or two years or whatever. But we're dedicated to winning.”
"I want to dispel the reputation that I can only work with older players…I'm looking forward to having a mixture of young and old. I sometimes feel I have more in common with younger players."
"I want to help guys on the team have a winning attitude. I'm almost more of a teacher than a manager."
"A number of players have indicated that they would possibly like to come [here] and play for me. They're dedicated to bringing in the best players that the budget will allow."
From his new boss, the General Manager:
"He brings a lot of intangibles. A lot of people want to play for him."
"It's pretty obvious that he's one of the best in the business. Every player he gets, he gets the most out of him."
"Putting our young players in his hands is going to be terrific. It came across very clearly…that he was looking forward to helping mold and shape their careers and he was looking forward to working with young players. He felt, through his homework, that we had a lot of good ones, not only coming up to the big leagues last year, but coming up through the system…He's a guy I feel can work with any type of player, and certainly with our young players."
Bob Castellini and Wayne Krivsky feel they have the right man
. But then, so did Andy MacPhail and Jim Hendry, back in November of 2002…when Dusty and Hendry stood before the assembled Chicago media and the microphones at the press conference from which all of these quotes were taken.