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Dusty Baker



    With only five extra men, you try to save them in case you get back in the game.

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    He's one of the premier leadoff men in the game. Anybody that follows baseball knows it's tougher to find a good leadoff man than a good power hitter. We're very, very excited to have Juan Pierre.

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    I always enjoyed seeing [broadcasters] Jack Buck and talking to Mike Shannon. I nicknamed him Jack 'Big Money' Buck. I thought he'd go to the bank before he got here to show me he had a whole wad of hundreds. I always asked to see his bankroll. I miss Jack a lot. I like talking baseball with those guys.

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    The money doesn't make you play. You play for the love of the game. A lot of times you see money change people. But I don't see anything changing him, and if it did, his dad would take care of it. They're good and humble people. He's still their son.

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    We're running out of men,

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    Besides, ... I knew his family had come down to see him, and I wanted to get him in the game.

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    He's got the legs (to be a power hitter). We know he can hit the ball to right field, he's got a good eye for the strike zone and he can run and he's making fine progress for a young man who came out of Double-A.

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    I think he can become a very good player. He can hit, he can run, I think his power is coming, especially when you're strong in the lower half -- that's where the power comes from. You have to learn how to do it, how to use it without abusing it and losing what got you here which is base hits.

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    They have so many powerful left-handed hitters. Overall, it was a good job (by the staff).

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    Oh, I know what it's going to be like. I believe in it stronger now than ever. I dreamed about it before I got here. I still dream about it. It's going to be wonderful.

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