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Carlos Ruiz was a Bad Boy and Got Yelled at (and He May Have Cried)

Kyle Scott - February 13, 2013

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Screen grab: CSN Philly

Have you even seen a kid (or a dog, for that matter) get punished? At first, you totally get it, knowing that they need to be corrected. But then, your humanity kicks in and you find yourself heartbroken at their cute little face, which wears the words “I’m sorry” better than the insert of an Akon album. It’s very tough to take, and you come away wondering if the punishment (and the ensuing agony) was really worth it.

Well, that’s how I feel about Carlos Ruiz right now, both due to his 25-game punishment from MLB and his having to answer questions about his indiscretion.

Today Chooch met with pale, sweaty reporters in Clearwater. He was so sorry, so very sorry. And now he knows he will have to pay for his mistake.

John Gonzalez of CSN Philly:

“First, I apologize to my organization, the fans, my teammates, my whole family,” Ruiz said. “I feel so bad. I’m trying to put everything behind [me] and do my best this year.
“For me, it’s hard, man. I leave my team for 25 games but I want to play. At the same time, I feel like they support me. I have a lot of good friends. I’m ready to come back and do my best.”

“Baseball has rules,” Ruiz said. “When you make a mistake, you have to pay. I pay my 25 games. Like I said, I apologize to my organization, my teammates, my family, my fans. I’m trying to put everything behind [me] and get ready for the season.”
But have you ever been diagnosed with ADHD?
“Like I said,” Ruiz responded, “I got caught two times.”
And with that, a PR handler cut everyone off and ended the interview.


Gonzalez, both in his article and on Twitter…

… described a strange scene in which Chooch was hesitant to answer questions and Phillies PR handlers – already an overzealous crop – were seemingly eager to end the interview.

Bob Brookover, of or the Inquirer or whatever he’ll be writing for once Interstate General Media foolishly separates the Inquirer from for no apparent reason, spoke with Charlie Manuel, who yelled at Chooch, or something:

"I got on him pretty good and I think he reacted pretty good," Manuel said after his team's first official spring-training workout Wednesday. "I trust him. I don't think he'll ever do it again based on how he reacted and some of the things I said to him. He definitely was shook up and you could tell he felt real bad about what happened."

"When I talked to him, he seemed like he was really hurt over it," Manuel said. "He told me, 'I will never do it no more. That was terrible and I shouldn't do that.'"



UPDATE: John Clark reported on NBC 10 that he was told Ruiz cried, a lot, as he walked away from meeting with the media (probably not the first Philly athlete to do so…). So sorry, he is.

Video after the jump.

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Charlie Manuel was Sitting Ringside at WWE Raw Last Night

Kyle Scott - December 18, 2012

Back in October, 2010, before the start of the NLCS (remember when the Phillies used to play in those?), Charlie Manuel doubly cited Pat Burrell and Ric Flair, two hardened sages, when talking about the Phillies' upcoming series with the eventual champions, the San Francisco Giants. As told by John Gonzalez, then of

"I heard [Pat] Burrell in an interview [Thursday] morning, when I woke up and turned the TV on. He said, 'To be the best you've got to beat the best.' That's one of my slogans. That's Ric Flair," Manuel said, referring to the legendary wrestler while the crowd chuckled. "Going to Space Mountain – what the hell. You know, like what happens at Space Mountain, you've got to get there and conquer it. You've got to stay there. That's what we want to do."


It was then that we learned Manuel was a wrestling fan. So it should come as no surprise that Cholly was sitting ringside at WWE Raw at the Wells Fargo Center last night:

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That looks to be Phillies PR man Greg Casterioto with Charlie, but it’s hard to tell for sure. They sat just behind Jerry The King Lawler, of whom Charlie is a big fan. 

In an interview with earlier this year, Lawler told this story about Manuel:

"I have been fortunate to meet a lot of people in baseball. Kenny Lofton is a friend of mine and I did a piece of art work for his organization, “Kenny’s Kids.” Charlie Manuel is a big WWE fan. One time I was at the park and walked by his office. He had a bunch of scouts in his office, saw me walk by and stopped me. He kicked out all of the scouts from his office, sat down in his chair and wanted to talk about a beating that Stone Cold (Steve Austin) had taken the night before."


Me thinks The King hooked Charlie up with some seats.

Manuel, of course, isn’t the first Philly sports figure to show up at a WWE event. Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley and many Eagles and Sixers have gone, and, last year, Chris Pronger and Peter Laviolette hung out with John Cena before Pronger headed to his ringside seats.

But many of those appearances are staged, part of the never-ending circle of cross-promotion, with players seated in direct view of the camera. And while that may be the case with Manuel, I get the feeling that Chuck just wanted to see some good ol’ wrasslin, behind his pal, Jerry The King Lawler.

H/T to our friend Nick Piccone (@nickcpiccone) of Bleeding Brotherly Love for the heads up and first pic, second pic via (@SEANxFURY)

Friday Morning Roundup, and Darin Ruf Breaks Ryan Howard’s Home Run Record in the Minors

Ryan Gillon - August 31, 2012

(Courtesy: Reading Eagle)

And he did it with a monster August.

Coming into the month, Reading Phillies slugger Darin Ruf had 18 homers spanning April to July.

Last night, he hit his 20th home run in the month of August alone, which was what he needed to surpass Ryan Howard's record in a Reading uniform. With 38 homers in total, Ruf is Reading's new home run king.

Even before he broke the record, he caught the eye of Phillies manager Charlie Manuel.

Via Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly:

“Ruf’s had a big year,” said Manuel, who has always had a thing for hitters. “He’s had an extraordinary year. Ruf is something that pops out at you. He’s trying to hit his way to the big leagues. That’s the way it used to be. You had to do something to get to the big leagues. Evidentally, Ruf is an old throwback.”

“I want to see him whether it’s at the end of the year or spring training. I’m looking forward to seeing him. I saw him on TV and it looked like he’s got a good swing. He’s strong.


He may just get a chance to get to the big leagues in September with this news from yesterday.


Ruf has already been named the MVP of the Eastern League and their rookie of the year. As Corey Seidman of CSN Philly mentions, it's worth noting that Ruf is also fighting for the Triple Crown with 38 homers, 102 RBI, and .321 batting average. The Reading Phillies have four games left in the regular season.


A Thursday recap and a Friday preview:

Jeffrey Lurie said that Andy Reid's job is on the line this year. I think he's full of shit. 

Jimmy Rollins was benched yesterday for not hustling. No one anywhere blinked.

The NHL dickishly released their National TV schedule for the… upcoming… season.

The Eagles will cut 22 players from their roster by 9:00 pm tonight.

My Temple Owls will play Kyle's Villanova Wildcats in the Mayor's Cup tonight at Lincoln Financial Field tonight. Spoiler Alert: Temple wins.

Drinker's West is having an NHL '12 tournament on Tuesday, September 11th at 8:00 pm. And to answer some questions, you do have to be 21 and you're playing solo.

Happy Friday, folks! More to come.

Charlie Manuel Pulls J-Roll For…. Wait For It… Not Hustling

Ryan Gillon - August 30, 2012

Video is fixed. (Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia)

Tell me if you've heard this one before

Jimmy Rollins didn't hustle again. This time, Charlie Manuel did something about it during the game.


As you can see in the video, there's a good chance J-Roll's actions cost the Phils a run. Just two weeks ago, in Miami, he got heat for not running out a play against the Marlins. The dude just doesn't fucking get it.

Some of you noticed, too.


I think that last one may have been my favorite…

…maybe the Fanatic has another billboard coming.


You can follow Ryan Gillon on Twitter @SeriouslyRyan

Absolutely Hilarious: Charlie Manuel Talks About His iPhone and “Sirius”

Kyle Scott - June 21, 2012

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Photo from earlier in the season

When Charlie Manuel got an iPhone earlier this year, the previously recognized potential for hilarity became very real.

Speaking to reporters before tonight’s game, Manuel joked about the problems he's had talking to “Sirius,” as he calls her. Delco Times beat reporter Ryan Lawrence was there and captured audio of the exchange:

Charlie: What, you tryin’ to get Sirius up there? Ask Sirius to marry you.  

Unknown reporter: This is the old version, I don’t have the new version.

Charlie: She’ll say “I don’t understand that.” I talk to her every now and then.

Unknown reporter: How’s that go? 

Charlie: She don’t understand baseball, either.

Unknown reporter [with a very unfunny joke]: “How do we go on a 15-game winning streak,” she doesn’t answer? 

Charlie: She goes, “What’s wrong with this guy, I don’t know what you’re talking about.”

Unknown reporter: They’ll have that one day soon– “Can I get a run here?”

Charlie: Well that’s comin’. But I need it now.


Listen to the audio after the jump.

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Charlie Manuel: “We Don’t Scare Nobody”

Kyle Scott - June 7, 2012

Caption This: Paula Abdul Hugs Charlie Manuel’s Bulbus Belly

Kyle Scott - June 7, 2012

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Pic via Phillies' Twitter

Paula Adbul is at today’s Phillies game to… actually, I have no idea why the fuck Paula Abdul is at today’s Phillies game. Nor do I care. But she posed for this picture with Charlie Manuel, and I thought you’d like it.

Absolutely Hilarious: Charlie Manuel Reads Phillies’ Tweets

Kyle Scott - June 4, 2012

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Stop what you’re doing. Stop it now!

Last week, when Shane Victorino and Charlie Manuel visited the MLB Fan Cave, Charlie was asked to read Phillies Tweets on Tweeeeter, as he calls it. Hilarity ensued:

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Charlie says:

"Kinda leaves you out on a limb right there, doesn’t it?"


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Charlie says:

"Shane Victorino tweeted: The pound Nike Hypercool shirt is pound clutch on hot days like today. Pound swoooooooooooooosh. What does that mean? I just shot a basketball right through the net."


"s that what tweetin’s all about? I don’t need to learn it."


There’s more, but you’re going to need to watch the video… which is after the jump.

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