The Reds have spent 52 days in first place in the National League Central and begin August just a half-game behind the first-place Cardinals. But Baker said he's still feeling the heat from fans.
"You're too traditional," Baker said a fan told him prior to Saturday night's 5-2 victory over the Braves. "He said I wanted speed at the top of the lineup instead of an on-base-percentage guy. I said, 'OK, pick one.' I hear it all the time. Am I throwing? Am I hitting? Am I pitching?"
Baker was told by someone that they had spoken to a bank teller who blamed him for Friday night's 10-inning loss to Atlanta.
"At the bank, it was my fault, too, huh?" Baker said. "That's what happens sometimes, people appreciate you more when you're not here. That's OK."