Dusty Baker ‘dances’ to celebrate Carlos Correa’s walk-off homer
The Houston Astros staved off elimination in the ALCS Thursday night thanks to Carlos Correa’s clutch walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning, and Dusty Baker celebrated the win over the Tampa Bay Rays by breaking out some dance moves.
Well, calling Baker’s subdued gesticulations “dance moves” might be stretching the definition of the term a little bit, but the magic of the moment did inspire the 71-year-old skipper to do … something.
Dusty Baker with the best celebration pic.twitter.com/VmJUyJv5Dv— Bleacher Report MLB (@BR_MLB) October 16, 2020
On the flip side of the emotional spectrum, the scene of Baker embracing Correa after the walk-off homer was especially heartwarming.
Incredible moment when @TeamCJCorrea and Dusty Baker hug pic.twitter.com/zKu8bpyAZe— Michael Schwab (@michaelschwab13) October 16, 2020
During his postgame presser, Baker explained how moments like what transpired in Game 5 are exactly why he returned to the dugout following a two-year hiatus from the game.
.@astros Manager Dusty Baker after @TeamCJCorrea walked it off with a HR in Game 5 of the ALCS: “That’s as sweet as it gets right there. That’s why I came back.”#fortheH pic.twitter.com/yOsP2YS1tg— AT&T SportsNet SW (@ATTSportsNetSW) October 16, 2020
The Astros still face a 3-2 deficit heading into Game 6. The Astros will attempt to join the 2004 Boston Red Sox as the only MLB teams that managed to come back from a 3-0 deficit in a best-of-seven series.
Before Game 5, Baker expressed confidence the Astros are capable of overcoming such insurmountable odds.
Dusty Baker on reaching the World Series: "Hey man, I believe in the impossible.''— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) October 15, 2020
The Astros will attempt to continue reaching for the impossible Friday afternoon at Petco Park. First pitch is slated for 6:07 p.m. ET.