In his morning press conference on Monday in Los Angeles ahead of Game 3 between the Nationals and Dodgers, Nats manager Dusty Baker was asked a question nobody had offered him all season, in his first year in Washington. He goes by 'Dusty,' but how did he get that nickname?
Baker finally gave an explanation. Here is what he told reporters:
"They call me Dusty because we had a big backyard that my dad planted, had grass everywhere. It was like a football field, and then there was one dirt spot in the middle and that's where I seemed to like to play. My mom didn't want to call me 'Dirty,' so she called me 'Dusty.'
"And then everybody in my family, the only thing they have called me is Dusty my whole life. The only guys that call me Johnnie are guys that I went to elementary and junior high school with that the teacher won't call you by your nicknames. So, if somebody calls me Johnnie B, it kind of gets my attention. If they call me Dusty, I just wave."
In case you were wondering, there you go.
Transcript via ASAPsports.com
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