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Motivated by late father's words, Baker chases elusive crown

HOUSTON -- Dusty Baker, then manager of the San Francisco Giants, had just left the stadium after a crushing loss to the Anaheim Angels in Game 7 of the 2002 World Series when he met up with his father.

Added Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson, the original Mr. October who now works as a special adviser to Astros owner Jim Crane: "I do think it would make a wonderful addition to his resume."

Houston star shortstop Carlos Correa, who becomes a free agent at season's end, is intent on helping Baker add this accomplishment to the back of his baseball card.

Back home in Northern California, as he worked on his wine business and grew collard greens in his garden, he often felt perplexed he had been passed over for interviews so many times as managerial openings came and went, having made inquiries that he said were unanswered over the years.

Baker's wife, Melissa, and son, Darren, who just played his first season of pro ball in the Nationals system, attended the ALCS games and now are together in Houston to be part of this special time.

Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker Jr. (12) points to the foul line while arguing with home plate umpire Tom Hallion in the fourth inning during Game 3 of a baseball American League Division Series Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021, in Chicago.

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