Baker shows some savvy on basepaths

Baker shows some savvy on basepaths

SAN DIEGO -- After stealing the first two bases of his Major League career on Tuesday night, Padres catcher John Baker received a text message from his grandfather.

"I don't know how he knows how to text, but he said, 'Good job, Rickey Baker,'" the Padres backstop said.

The younger Baker began Wednesday having played in 220 Major League games, and his stolen base in the seventh inning of the Padres' 3-1 victory over the Rockies the night before at Petco Park marked the first of his career. He stole second after drawing a leadoff walk. He also stole second in the eighth after he was intentionally walked.

"I'm going to run every time I get on," Baker joked.

Baker joined the Padres this season after playing four seasons with the Marlins. The Padres' aggressive style in regards to baserunning is new to him.

"I'm not used to this style of baseball, but if it's going to help us win, let's do it," Baker said.

However, Baker, who went to the University of California at Berkeley, doesn't have the green light to steal.

"We do give our guys freedom at times, but John is not one of those guys," manager Bud Black said with a smile. "Even though he went to Cal, and he's a heady player, he's one of the guys we have to give signs to as far as the steal."