Dusty Baker and Mike Scioscia had a history that went back even further than that 1981 Dodger team. Scioscia viewed Baker as a vital mentor in his career. Baker saw in Scioscia the drive to win and work at getting there-the kind of drive Baker has to this day.
Now they were a dugout apart. Baker managing the National League Champion Giants and Scioscia the AL champ Angels in the 2002 World Series.
2002 World Series
Would they talk before the Series? What were they thinking when they looked across the field at a lifetime friend they were each trying to beat.
The Series would go 7 games and the Angels would be World Champions, but this was a contest between two powerhouses where every decision mattered.
Would either have done differently if they had a redo on those decisions? What are the memories for each manager that first come to mind about this Series?
After all these years, they will recount the moments they felt most important and they will remember every pitch as though thrown moments ago.
Dusty will tell you about his 3-year-old bat boy son almost getting run over at the plate only to be saved by J.T. Snow.
Scioscia will tell how why he told his coaches not to talk to Dusty before or during the World Series and why he himself did not.
Most amazing, you are going to hear these two discuss with each other this World Series for the first time!!! They have never set down to talk about these games-never.
Each does so here, honestly, with an underlying respect for one another that shines through.
Enjoy, This is a piece of baseball history you will find nowhere else.
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