Rob Thomson is a big deal back home, as the first Canadian-born manager to take a team to the World Series.
Family and friends north of the border told him “everyone is behind us, it’s a big story, and that’s great.”
Thomson’s focus, however, lies deep in the heart of Texas, where his Philadelphia Phillies – the team he took over as manager in early June – will face the Houston Astros in Game 1 in Friday evening.
“I mean, that’s great. I’m a proud Canadian and I love my country. I love what we stand for,” he said Thursday, after the team’s practice session in Houston. “But to tell you the truth, I’m happy to be managing a team in the World Series.”
A team was 22-29 when Joe Girardi was fired and replaced by Thomson, the bench coach with a serious demeanor who would rather talk about baseball than himself, despite the game and the campaign. The 59-year-old baseball player is very beautiful. much interlaced.
“He’s amazing. He’s more than you could ask for. What he’s accomplished, he’s just brought us together. He’s given a steady hand,” said the owner. Phillies President of Baseball Operations, Dave Dombrowski said. “He’s very understanding, he’s very weak. But he’s also, if you don’t do something well, he’ll let you know about it in his own way. He communicates very well and He leads very well.”
Thomson remained as interim manager when the regular season ended, but that card was removed and he has a two-year contract through 2024 after their first win in the playoff series since 2010.
While Thomson is a first-time World Series manager, this is the fourth other team that Dombrowski has joined at the World Series.
Dombrowski was the youngest general manager in baseball history at the time he took over the Montreal Expos in 1988 at the age of 31. He entered the Florida Marlins Open in 1991, two years before their first game, and was the main architect of their 1997 World Series championship. He was the GM in Detroit when the Tigers attended the 2012 World Series, and was part of Boston’s final title in 2018.
“I’m very lucky to be doing something that I love,” Dombrowski said as he sat in the Phillies dugout, a day after the 25th anniversary of the Marlins’ Game 7 victory over Cleveland. “It’s not about my situation, it’s about being with organizations where you can share that in the community.”
This is not the first World Series for Thomson, who spent 28 seasons in the Yankees organization. Those ten seasons were on the major league payroll alongside Girardi, including the World Series and New York’s final title in 2009.
The Phillies returned to Houston, where they secured their wild card spot with a 3-0 win over the Astros on October 3 in Game 160. They won 65-46 after Thomson took over.
“If someone knows Rob, he’s the best out there. He’s never been too up. He’s never been too down. I feel like that’s our team,” said the Phillies starter. Game 1, said Aaron Nola.
Thomson could only become the third major league coach to win the World Series after becoming a mid-season substitute. The others were Bob Lemon with the 1978 Yankees after replacing Billy Martin, and Jack McKeon for Jeff Torborg in the Marlins ‘2003 Championship.
Dusty Baker, the 73-year-old manager in the second consecutive World Series with Houston, doesn’t really know Thomson. But the veteran manager looking for his first championship received a congratulatory call from him after Houston won the AL title, just hours after Philadelphia was crowned NL.
“I’ve heard nothing but good things about him from many people who have known him, especially those in New York,” Baker said. “I was just talking – I don’t know anyone older, but the real Robby Thomson played for me in San Francisco, and I just spoke to Robby.”
In terms of record, the former Giants second player is one year older than the Phillies manager.