Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Josh Hamilton's injury on a headfirst slide into home plate prompted funny musings today from Dusty Baker, the Reds manager and a former player. As a rookie for the Braves in 1970, Baker went headfirst into home plate, then heard about it the next day from Donn Clendendon of the Mets. "Donn said, 'Hey kid, don't ever slide headfirst into home plate,' " Baker remembered, appreciating that Clendendon was looking out for him. "Catchers like Jerry Grote, Randy Hundley and Johnny Bench will break your neck."