RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Willie Harris Harris, the seventh manager in Flying Squirrels history and the most accomplished former MLB player to take the reins.
The Georgia native famously scored the lone run in Game 4 of the 2005 World Series, clinching the first title in 88 years for the Chicago White Sox. Harris led off the eighth inning of Game 4 with a pinch-hit single and scored the eventual winning run on a Jermaine Dye base hit.
Now as the Double-A manager for the SF Giants affiliate, Harris passes along the rich experience of his playing career to the players here in Richmond. Harris says, ” This game has it’s ups and downs. You never know where it is going to take you.”
Harris, quite the journeyman himself, having played in seven different organizations in 16 years of professional baseball. To Harris it’s all about the relationships you build along the way.
“Fortunately, I met a ton of people in the game, I’m still close to most of them,” said Harris. A familiar face, in Charlie Poe, his former hitting coach when he managed the Chicago White Sox Advanced-A affiliate, The Winston-SalemDash stopped by practice this afternoon.
Harris was pleasantly surprised reflecting on Poe’s appearance at practice. “He and his fiance just decided to pop up and surprise old Willie. Just goes to show you about the relationships in this game. It means a lot.”