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Managers are never 100 percent in control. You're at the mercy of the players. When you're a player, you're driving. I'm the navigator. I hardly ever think about driving anymore, unless there's two out in the bottom of the ninth.

DUSTY BAKER, Esquire, Apr. 2004

It's all good, man. It's part of the game. I like battle. That's what makes the game fun. You hope that it doesn't turn into physical battle, but at some point in time ...

DUSTY BAKER,, Dec. 5, 2011

Everybody knows something, and nobody knows everything.

DUSTY BAKER, Esquire, Apr. 2004

You don't want to get beat, number one, and you hate getting shutout, number two, and even worse, no hits.

DUSTY BAKER, postgame interview, Oct. 6, 2010

Everybody can tell you how to do it, but very few have ever done it.... I'm at the point where I don't care. I really don't care. That's the last thing on my mind. I'm doing what I think is right every day. There's a good chance with my background and experience that I know better than most.

DUSTY BAKER, USA Today, Mar. 3, 2012

It's gonna take someone getting seriously sick. Football didn't do much 'bout steroids until Lyle Alzado died. That's the way of the world. Until your house burns down, you don't worry about getting smoke detectors.

DUSTY BAKER, Esquire, Apr. 2004

At the very end, somebody took a dump right where I stood in the dugout every day. That was the low point. The grounds crew guy cleaned it up. He said, "Oh, I think it's dog crap." I said, "No it ain't. That's human crap."

DUSTY BAKER, Fox Sports, Feb. 22, 2011

When I was with the Giants I signed two-year contracts. They said I might as well be a lame duck, I was on crutches, you know what I'm saying. It's no big deal to me. How many people in life have one-year contracts? How many of you out there have one-year contracts? A lot of people are on paycheck-to-paycheck contracts, so I feel very fortunate to be even on a one-year contract.

DUSTY BAKER,, Dec. 5, 2011

I've just always worn wristbands. I'm not trying to be a player. It's just part of my uniform. Hell, I just got to be me and hope I don't hurt anybody in the meantime.

DUSTY BAKER, Esquire, Apr. 2004

I'm part ocean, part mountain. Maybe that's why I love California.

DUSTY BAKER, Esquire, Apr. 2004


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