ST. LOUIS Not even a stroke could scare the unflappable Dusty Baker.
Hospitalized for an irregular heartbeat nearly two weeks ago, Baker was literally moments from be released when he suffered a mini-stroke. And the timing may haves saved his life.
The Reds manager returned to the dugout Monday night for their game against the St. Louis Cardinals after missing 11 games.
"It wasn't scary because I didn't feel like it was my time to go," Baker said. "When you go in the hospital and you're leaving the hospital, it's not your time to go. You know what I mean? I wasn't worried at all. I didn't like the fact that I was having a stroke, but at the same time, how many people have been in the hospital when they had a stroke? It wasn't my time to go yet."
The 63-year-old Baker felt sick when the club was in Chicago for a series two weeks ago and was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital on September 19. He suffered the stroke two days later as he was being released on September 21.