Talking Points: Don’t you know who I am?



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After going to old Yankee Stadium for four decades, Dusty Baker had a slight delay on his first trip to the new ballpark.

“It’s hard to get in this bad boy,” the Cincinnati Reds manager said Friday before his team opened an interleague series in the Bronx. “Some guy asked me today, ‘Could I help you?’ I was in the front, trying to get in. I said, ‘Yeah. I’m here for the game.’ He goes, ‘The gates aren’t open yet.’ “

“I said, ‘OK, man. I’m the manager,’ ” Baker explained.

“Of what?”

“The baseball team.”

“Yeah, what’s your name?”

“Dusty Baker.”

That didn’t work.

“He didn’t know,” Baker said. “I didn’t wait long. Another guy came over. He recognized me. And this other guy apologized. He said, ‘I’m sorry, man. He didn’t know.’ “

Baker took it in stride.”No problem,” he told him.


Cubs fan or not, you’ve got appreciate how Kerry Wood left the game on Friday.

And be leaving the game, we mean his career. Word got out that he was retiring, but not before one more appearance on the mound.

Wood came in from the bullpen in the eighth inning, recorded one more strikeout and was then pulled from the game, giving the Wrigley Field faithful a chance to cheer as Wood headed for the dugout.

For those watching on TV, the good folks at WGN decided to not take a commercial break (as per usual on a pitching change) and stuck with the cheers and hugs.

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