This just plain sucks. The firing of Charlie Manual was announced this afternoon at a 2:30pm press conference. Apparently, Manual was told he was out before Wednesday’s night game in Atlanta. He managed his last game in a Phillies uniform knowing his fate was already sealed.
GM Ruben Amaro Jr. actually cried as he made the announcement. But I do not think anyone in that room or anyone watching at home felt sorry for him. Because much of the demise of this team can be directly linked to many bad moves Amaro has made over the years. While no one was placing blame, some moves speak for themselves.
Manual was offered a job, presumably in the front office, but he had not made any decision on that. Getting canned with only 41 games left in the season seems harsh, so maybe that will weigh into his decision.
Hearing Charlie talk about how he loves coming to the ballpark every day and how he does not know what he will do now when he wakes up in the morning was tough. It was very difficult to listen to and my heart aches for him.
What’s done is done and Ryne Sandberg is the new manager.
But Charlie will always be #1 in my heart! He brought this team out of the darkness and into the light; 1 World Series Championship; 2 NL Pennants; and 5 Division Championships…it is hard to picture this team without him :O(
We love ya, Charlie!
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