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Video: Darren Baker hits walk-off homer for Cal, this time crosses the plate on his own

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The Cal baseball team won a 12-inning thriller Saturday over Brown on a walk-off home run by — here is the part where the inexorable passage of time is going to slap you upside the head — Darren Baker.
That’s right. Dusty’s boy.
Not only did Baker the younger drive in the tying run in the bottom of the ninth, he ended the game with a colossal home run that sent the Golden Bears into a frothing frenzy.

It’s a celebration, Cal Baseball style!
What a win for the Golden Bears. #GoBears
— Cal Baseball (@CalBaseball) March 11, 2018

Kids these days.
Most of us see Darren Baker in our mind’s eyes not after a walk-off, but after a drag-off. You’ll remember Darren was a 3-year-old bat boy for the Giants in 2002. Cute as a button. Precocious tendencies to boot. The Giants played the Angels in the World Series that year. During Game 5 in San Francisco, Kenny Lofton swatted a triple that scored J.T. Snow and David Bell.
As Giants rounded the bases and the crowd roared its approval, little Darren Baker raced to home plate to retrieve Lofton’s bat. Fortunately, Snow sized up the situation as he crossed the plate, grabbing Darren by his oversized jacket and pulling him to safety. We can laugh now. In fact, let’s do:

That’s where we left the story of young Darren Baker. But he’s been busy.
A star at Sacramento’s Jesuit High School, Darren, now 19, was drafted last season by the Washington Nationals when his father was managing the team. Darren decided to attend Cal.
About that homer: “Coach (Noah) Jackson and I were talking about a game plan before I went up,” Baker said, according to USA Today. “I got a hit off (pitcher Grant Greeno) yesterday on a fastball and I didn’t think he’d throw that again, so I was really sitting curveball. He got it to me and it was the perfect pitch at the perfect time.”
No one would know better than he that timing is everything.

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