See full running commentary from the press conference after the jump. Read in reverse order.
Charlie says he figures he’ll get up early, come back to ballpark and leave before people get there to fill his time. And with that, he’s done.
Ruben didn’t speak with any players. Said “it wasn’t their decision to make.” I agree there.
Charlie said he’ll be mad when he goes home and watches game.
Charlie asked about his emotions knowing it was his last game. “I love putting the uniform on. I would’ve worn it over here today if I could.” Yeah, now I’m crying.
Now this is just dragging on, making Charlie still refer to team in second person. “Stay behind us.”
None of players knew it was his last game on Wednesday. How… do you let that guy manage his last game knowing it’s his last game without telling anybody?
That’s why Charlie is Charlie.
Charlie says he honestly wouldn’t want to be paid for an extra year if he got fired as manager. Feels like you should earn everything. Wow.
If I were Charlie, I would have had 9 pitchers in lineup that night. I guess Michael Martinez ain’t far off.
That’s strange, and cold.
Instead Phillies wait until 2:30 on a Friday to announce it. Oh those assholes.
Charlie said he managed his last game know it was his last game. Nothing was said.
The decision was made two days ago, officially, Amaro said.
Someone needs to ask a very specific question about Charlie not getting a farewell tour of sorts. The Ryne Sandberg tryout answer is dumb. He’s got 40 games with a shit team to prove what?
“We still have talent. Can get back to being championship caliber club.” Ruben Amaro
Charlie takes blame for poor performances. “I was the manager.” Ruben spreads blame to entire franchise.
Charlie is pretty stoic. He knew this was coming. But he should still turn around and slug Ruben for being terrible at his job and expediting his firing.
Charlie says he talked to Utley and JOHN MCDONALD.
Ruben talks about bright future of his mostly useless minor league organization.
Good question by Kevin Cooney about front office making mistakes. Amaro: “We win as an organization we lose as an organization. We’re in this thing together.”
He said that with a straight face while sitting at Charlie Manuel’s firing press conference. Asshole.
Amaro said he toiled with waiting until end of year (he should have). Says it came down to giving Sandberg a chance and wanted to make sure that Charlie knew when decision was made and that they shouldn’t drag it out without him know. No mention of farewell tour scenario.
“I think it was something that wasn’t arguing or nothing like that. Just kind of relating to one another. Communication. That’s what happened.”
Ruben and Charlie had coffee six days in a row. “I got tired having coffee with him,” Charlie says. “I said, what are you gonna do? Where we going? We kinda come to a decision that it’s something that they wanted to do.”
Amaro should fire himself right now too.
Charlie thinks he can managed for 2-3 more years. He wants to take some time off and think about it.
“Do I understand the decision? Yes. Do I like them? No.”
Charlie keeping it together really well in his salmon colored shirt. Say he just told Chase Utley “4-19″ ain’t good.
Ms. CB lets out an “Oh, Rube” and walks upstairs in a huff. That about sums it up.
“I did not resign. I did not quit. I never quit at nothin’.” – Charlie
Amaro thanks media. Says he roots for them. God this is sad.
Charlie is keeping it together better than Amaro. Thanks Montgomery and Ed Wade. He sounds better and more well-spoken than he ever has.
“You people may not know the relationship I’ve had with Charlie. He’s a special person.” Amaro is crying. He should be. He’s next.
Amaro says Charlie has been asked to remain with the organization on interim basis.
Said the position was offered to Sandberg on an interim basis. Charlie “understood.”
Amaro’s voice is cracking a bit it sounds like.