Monday, May 23, 2011

Despite name, Reds' manager assures fans kitchen is clean

Above: Cincinnati Reds' manager Johnnie "Dusty" Baker denies rumors that he keeps an unkempt kitchen when baking goods for his players or family. Baker was given the nickname Dusty in 1975 as an outfielder for the Atlanta Braves after teammate Frank Bozner visited his suburban Atlanta home and witnessed a "very dirty and dusty kitchen." "Yes, I love to bake and, yes, my kitchen was not the cleanliest in the mid-1970's. But, that is not the case anymore," explained Baker. "I mean, yes, still call me Dusty, but it's just a name. You know what, just call me Johnnie ... or Dusty. Heck, just call me Justy ... or Dohnnie."

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