The First Base Foundation and California Warriors are built on a culture of positivity and support, two characteristics of coaching that First Base Foundation Founder, Noah Jackson, learned at the hands of his Godfather, Dusty Baker. As Dusty captains the Washington Nationals through the 2016 MLB playoffs, his players have noticed and appreciated the calm, positivity, and trust that Baker brings to the clubhouse, attributes that instill confidence in the players and help them achieve their fullest potential.
Nationals star, Jayson Werth, had some high praise for Dusty’s managing style: “…you can’t say enough about him. I mean, we’ve gone from one end of the spectrum to the other in a short period of time. When you walk into spring training, that first day of spring training, you could tell just how relaxed the atmosphere was in the clubhouse. And that’s held true throughout the whole season, and I think all that credit goes to Dusty. He had a vision, and what he wanted to do with this team, and he started that day one of spring training and has kept that going all the way here until the end of the season…You know, he’s just a pillar. He comes in every day with the same attitude. I’ve always said, players reflect their manager, and obviously we’ve reflected him in that regard. We’ve been ready to play, but relaxed; having a good time, and ready to win.” The First Base Foundation coaches promote these same values, building an atmosphere of respect and positivity that allows players to thrive on and off the field.
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