“It’s flattering that he was chosen,” the elder Baker said after Wednesday’s Nationals game. “And it wasn’t a favor.”
Not everyone agreed with the second part. While many people congratulated Darren on Twitter, there was at least one nasty reply to MLB’s tweet announcing he had been drafted. “I’m sure Darren feels confident he was chosen based solely on his own merit,” the person wrote.
The author of this ridiculous tweet needed former Giants first baseman J.T. Snow to scoop him up before he sent it, just as Snow pulled a 3-year-old Baker out of harm’s way during Game 5 of the 2002 World Series. While Snow saved Baker, the Giants’ batboy, from getting steamrolled at home plate by David Bell, no one could save this guy from Baker’s outstanding comeback.
(For the record, dog photos are good, mean tweets are not.)
At least he’s got that Chicago Cubs World Series championship to keep him happy. Now watch the Cubs draft Baker in an early round of the 2020 MLB draft.
“There were four or five organizations that were going to take him higher,” Dusty Baker said Wednesday. “Some in the first 10 rounds, some in the subsequent rounds, but after talking with him and his mom, then he decided that he was going to go to college and get drafted a little much higher because his upside and potential is big-time.”