Pay close attention, the next screwed up double-switch Charlie Manuel does, it could be his last. That along with other great Manuel-isms, such as the bewildered stare from the dugout, the "air-batting" that occurs between he and Milt Thompson when somebody hits a homerun, and the always eloquent dialogue with Wheels during "The Charlie Manuel Show," could be gone very soon.
I have been a harsh critic of Manuel starting about mid-season '05, but as I watched him run to centerfield to check on an injured Shane Victorino during last nights loss to the Orioles, I felt sorry for the old hick. He's too old and probably too nice of guy to have to endure the crap-storm that is heading his way. Sure, I still think he's a horrible manager and will not relinquish that view, but I don't think he deserves the garbage that is going to fall on him in the aftermath of this disgusting season. He's not the reason this team is 7 games under .500. The real reason is this mismatched group of position players and inexperienced, minimally-talented pitching staff. To paraphrase that turkey-necked jackass Dick Jerardi: "Everyone keeps saying this team continues to underperform. Well, they aren't. This is how good they are."
Two months ago, fans raved about Manuel's attributes as a motivator and "player's manager" and discounted his lack of in-game managerial skill. Now, many of those people are placing a lot of blame on him for the continued losing. Manuel should be fired, but he should not be a martyr or a scapegoat. He has a role in the losing, but his piece in the great pie chart of misery is a lot smaller than most believe.
At this point, there is nothing positve to write about the Phils or the Buccos. Instead, we have to think of things that distract us from the losing. Today's distraction: the theme to Mr Belvedere. Enjoy.
I wonder how Mr. Belvedere would do managing this team? A fruity, effeminate British nanny couldn't do any worse...