Dusty Baker to attend son’s graduation, miss weekend games

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Dusty Baker to attend son’s graduation, miss weekend games
Dusty Baker to attend son’s graduation, miss weekend games

WASHINGTON (AP) – Dusty Baker will miss the Washington Nationals weekend series against the San Diego Padres to attend his son Darren’s graduation.

Baker said he will rejoin Washington when it begins a three-game series in San Francisco on Monday, near Baker’s offseason home. Bench coach Chris Speier will assume managerial duties against the Padres.

Baker’s son Darren is graduating from Jesuit High School in Carmichael, California. He’s committed to play college baseball at Cal.

As a 3-year-old bat boy, Darren was rescued from a potential home plate collision by J.T. Snow in Game 5 of the 2002 World Series between Baker’s Giants and the Angels.

FILE- In this Aug. 7, 2008, file photo, Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker, right, talks with son Darren, 9, in the dugout prior to the start of a baseball game against the Houston Astros in Cincinnati. Baker, who now manages the Washington Nationals, will miss the Nationals weekend series against the San Diego Padres to attend his son Darren’s high school graduation. Bench coach Chris Speier will assume managerial duties against San Diego. (AP Photo/Al Behrman, File)
FILE – In this Oct. 24, 2002, file photo, San Francisco Giants’ J.T. Snow, left, drags 3-year-old Darren Baker, son of then-Giants manager Dusty Baker, away from home plate and the path of oncoming baserunner David Bell after scoring in the seventh inning of Game 5 of baseball’s World Series in San Francisco. Dusty Baker, who now manages the Washington Nationals, will miss the Nationals weekend series against the San Diego Padres to attend his son Darren’s high school graduation. Bench coach Chris Speier will assume managerial duties against San Diego. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File)
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