World Series 2021: Dusty Baker did not panic after the Houston Astros’ Game 1 loss in the 117th World Series, and his club bounced back and beat the Atlanta Braves in Game 2, evening up the best-of-seven series before the venue shifted from Minute Maid to Truist Park, where the Fall Classic continues tonight (8:09 ET on FOX).
I think human nature is to overreact,” Baker said on Thursday, after the Astros’ 7-2 win on Wednesday night. “Personally. It’s sort of short-sighted and you just see the feeling that you have at the moment. Right now, what is it, best three out of five now? We went from best four out of seven, now it’s best three out of five. That’s how you’ve got to look at it, whether you lose three still, you’ve got to win four.
I’ll never forget like last year, we lost three, and damn near could have won four. I remember the Yankees in Boston, and they won four. So you’ve got to get to one at a time.”
Braves’ manager Brian Snitker echoed Baker’s take in his own workout day press conference on Thursday, after his club returned home to Atlanta.
Every game is such a separate entity,” Snitker explained. “I think it lasts a couple hours after a big win, but then it’s kind of turn the page. I think that’s really true. That momentum is as good as your next day starter pretty much.
I think you just — you don’t get tied up in that. When you play 162 games, if you get on those swings or whatever, you’ll drive yourself crazy, and you’ve just got to kind of take it a day at a time. I think you do this too. Yesterday didn’t go the way we wanted it, take a day off, and we’ve got a new day and a game to win tomorrow.
So I think our guys do a really good job of compartmentalizing that and living in the present.”
Baker too, asked about each game being a “separate entity” as Snitker described it, said that seems to be the case now more than ever.