Lee's Homer Leads Cubs Past Reds in Baker's Return

Griffey Jr. slugs 595th HR in loss
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 15, 2008 10:36 PM CDT
Chicago Cubs' Felix Pie catches a fly ball hit by Cincinnati Reds' Paul Bako in the fourth inning of an MLB baseball game, Tuesday, April 15, 2008, in Chicago.    (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
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(Newser) – Dusty Baker knew exactly what to look for when he returned to Wrigley Field. "The first thing you do when you get here, you check the wind," he said. It was blowing out. Derrek Lee hit a three-run homer and started a pivotal double play to help the Chicago Cubs beat their former manager and his Cincinnati Reds 9-5.

Baker managed the Cubs for four seasons and got them within five outs of the World Series five years ago, but after a last-place finish in 2006, his contract was not renewed. When Baker brought the Reds' lineup card out before the game, there was some mild booing. But when he came out of the dugout to change pitchers in the seventh and eighth innings, the booing became loud.