I have an unhealthy obsession with the Dodgers of my youth. They were the guys who made me fall in love with the team, and they will forever be fondly remembered. Heck, there has always been a little pain in my heart when I see one of our own put on another teams uniform, but such is life.
After all, I couldn't rightfully expect so many great Baseball minds to stay in LA. There just isn't enough room for them all to stay. So, as many of those old horses have graduated beyond playing on the field, it shouldn't have been a surprise to see so many hear the call to be the skipper. I'm constantly amazed by how many former Dodgers from the 70's and 80's have gone on to manage or coach, and considering their mentor I guess I shouldn't be surprised in the least.
One of those old Dodgers to rise up as manager is Dusty Baker.
As many of you know, Dusty was admitted into the hospital with an irregular heartbeat last week. Then as he was being released a few days later, he suffered a mini-stroke. Per a Reds Press Release:
While in Chicago on Wednesday, Reds manager Dusty Baker was admitted to Northwestern Memorial Hospital and diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, commonly referred to as an irregular heartbeat. As he was being discharged on Friday, he suffered a mini-stroke and immediately was treated by the hospital's stroke team, which minimized the effects of the stroke.Thank goodness for some quick thinking and modern science.
Dusty returned to Cincinnati on Sunday, and his condition has improved dramatically. His Cincinnati neurologist, Dr. Joseph Broderick, and cardiologists, Dr. Dean Kereiakes and Dr. Daniel Beyerbach, expect Dusty to make a full recovery and return to the dugout, possibly as soon as the season's final series next week in St. Louis.
Dusty said, "While at Wrigley Field I was blessed to have our trainer, Paul Lessard, have the good sense to call in Cubs team physician Dr. Stephen Adams, who examined me in the clubhouse, immediately determined how serious by condition was and personally rushed me to Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Broderick and Dr. Kereiakes are going to make sure I'm ready to handle the duties of managing before I return full time. My family and I are very grateful for the support we've received the past few days from Mr. Castellini and our ownership group, Walt, our friends, the baseball family and especially Reds fans. I'm feeling much better, and it's great being back here in Cincinnati. Chris Speier and my staff are doing a terrific job, and I look forward to getting back to the dugout."
Get Well, Dusty! This old Dodger fan looks forward to rooting for your Reds when you come back. This is assuming, of course, that the Dodgers don't make it to the postseason- then, all bets are off.
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