After yet another loss of the Cole Hamels variety, Charlie Manuel was, once again, forced to answer questions about his team’s struggles. He didn’t have many answers, but that didn’t stop Howard Eskin from pressing him extra hard on why the Phillies can’t hit, score runs or do anything that resembles the actions of a baseball lineup.
Manuel was irritated:
“I don’t know what I can do, Howard. If we don’t hit and score runs, I don’t know what we can do. I don’t know what nobody else can do about it and I know you can’t do a damn thing about it. So, what else do you want to know? Happy?”
[Charlie gets up]
When are you gonna score 10 runs, that’s what I want to know.
“When I knock you out.”
Manuel laughed after he delivered that last line… the type of laugh that a strung out druggie might produce before reaching for a kitchen knife to wield in a threatening manner. He and Eskin have apparently become friendly since the last time an ass-kicking was on the table, so this seemed to be more tongue-in-cheek than anything. But, it was still fun to hear Charlie’s country boy twang talk about breaking Eskin’s face.
Unfortunately, the important part here is that Manuel is out of answers. His dance with who brung ‘im strategy is no longer working. It hasn’t been for quite a while. So, unless Eskin gets his ass kicked, like, tomorrow (and once a week for the rest of the season), it’s probably time for Charlie to go.
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