Bit of a late start today. Charlie Manuel laid into the Phillies following an embarrassing 10-6 loss:
“I knew exactly what to tell them."
“I’ve been wanting to talk to them for a while, like I said.”
“One of them was we gotta wake up and play better. And actually, how we’ve been going about playing. And you know, like, what we been doing. And if we’re goign to win and be able to go where we want to go, we better start playing better.”
That may have been putting it mildly. CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury provides more detail:
In fact, after what Manuel watched on the field in a 10-6 loss to the Mets — some sloppy fielding, runners left all over the basepaths and another implosion by his bullpen — he couldn't contain himself for a second straight night. He unloaded on his club in a closed-door team meeting after getting swept at home by the division-rival Mets.
The lambasting covered the gamut. Manuel had enough of everything, from the shoddy execution to lackadaisical approach.
Delco Times reporter Ryan Lawrence notes that this was the most heated he's seen Manuel in quite some time:
As it should be.