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Dusty Baker to miss Nationals weekend series to attend son’s graduation


Baseball fans will forever remember when a 3-year old San Francisco Giants’ bat boy, Darren Baker was rescued by J.T. Snow from a potential home plate collision during Game 5 of the 2002 World Series against the Anaheim Angels. Then Dusty Baker was serving as the Giants manager and his son Darren captivated the baseball world as he unknowingly was whisked away from danger.

Nearly 15 years later, Darren is all grown up and graduating from high school. Now the manager of the Nationals, Dusty will take leave of absence as he attends Darren’s graduation from Jesuit High School in Carmichael, Calif. Dusty will not be on the Nationals bench when they face the San Diego Padres in a three-game series over the weekend. Instead bench coach Chris Speier will fill in as the Nationals’ skipper.

Baker will rejoin the club on Monday when they play the Giants in San Francisco near where he lives during the offseason.



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