08.16.06

The Fearsome Machismo Of Charlie Manuel

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I’m not the biggest phan of the Phillies current skipper, but anyone who tells Dallas Green to go fuck himself is OK with me.

Well, anyone other than Steve Avery.

From the Philadelhia Inquirer’s Jim Salisbury.

The next time Charlie Manuel gets in the face of a Phillies icon, he might want to tip off the team’s marketing department. Think of the tickets that could be sold. The T-shirts!

What Manuel lacked in promotional flair, he made up for in red-faced moxie last night when he confronted Dallas Green (above) near the dugout about 90 minutes before the Phillies played the Mets at Citizens Bank Park.

The Phillies had just concluded batting practice when Manuel, the current and frequently criticized manager, wagged his index finger and gave the former manager a tongue-lashing.

Green criticized Manuel’s job performance during a radio interview several weeks ago. It got back to Manuel, and people close to him say he has seethed about it ever since.

Sources say that Green was “slapped on the wrist” for criticizing Manuel and that his “punishment” included staying away from the field, clubhouse and dugout, not that Green was often seen in these areas.

Before last night’s game, after the gates had opened to fans, Green made a rare trip to the field to show some friends around.

Green craned his neck and tried to say hello to Manuel as the skipper walked from the batting cage to the dugout. Manuel, clearly simmering, motioned for Green to step his way.

The whole thing lasted about 60 seconds and Manuel, 62, appeared to do all the talking. At one point, he angrily jabbed his index finger in front of Green, still robust at age 72. Other than that, Manuel kept his cool while delivering his message.

Green, a noted hothead, did nothing. Had the confrontation occurred in private, it might have been a different story. When Manuel finished talking, Green walked away.

“It wasn’t very friendly,” Green said. “That’s his style. He’s got some macho to him.”

What did Manuel say?

“He said he doesn’t like what I said, and he doesn’t like me,” Green said.

He shrugged.

“I don’t give a [hoot],” he said. “He’s entitled to say what he wants. I’m entitled to say what I want. He got some things off his chest.”

In his office moments after the quick but pointed confrontation, Manuel was more tight-lipped than Green.

“It’s like I always tell you guys, if I’ve got something to say, I’ll say it,” Manuel said. “I felt like I needed to say something and I did.

“The things he said bothered me. I felt like he didn’t support me or my staff.”

Manuel said Green left him a voice mail several days after the critical radio interview, but he scoffed at the timing of the phone call.

“He called me at 7:15, after the game had started one night,” Manuel said dismissively. “This was the first time I saw him. That’s all I want to say.”

5 Responses to “The Fearsome Machismo Of Charlie Manuel”

  1. kt says:

    wow a sexagenarian and a septuagenarian squaring off on a baseball diamond. sounds like a pay-per-view of the ECW’s new AARP edition.

  2. David Roth says:

    There are only a few issues on which Mets and Phillies fans can agree wholeheartedly. Juan Samuel’s hair — more juice, please — is one. The vast and profound awfulness of Dallas Green has always struck me as the big one, though. Who likes this guy? Why does he have a job?

  3. Chuck Meehan says:

    Green has his adherents in Philly due to him being the manager of the only Phillies World Series champions, particularly amongst the type of people who call local sports-hate station WIP yammering about how “Those overpaid bums need a guy like (insert Bowa, Piniella, Green) to whip them into shape”.
    Greens official job title is Special Assistant to the GM but in reality he is more of a luxury box meet-and-greet guy who from time to time goes on WIP and is goaded by one of the hosts into shooting his mouth off.

  4. [...] None of which is meant to heap insult on Vukovich on the occasion of his untimely passing. He was a baseball lifer who gave 40 years to the game as a player (the #10 pick in the 1966 draft), coach, interim manager (6-5 lifetime with the Cubs and Phillies, and by most accounts deserving of a full-time opportunity that never knocked), and executive. That he found a way to contribute for so long and on so many levels despite his limited playing skills is clearly a testament to his baseball acumen and the esteem in which he was held by his colleagues; he was very well-regarded by by those who knew him. Even Phillies senior advisor and former manager Dallas Green, a man not exactly known for killing people with kindness, paid testament: “I watched him grow up in baseball, give every ounce of himself to reach his goal in the major leagues and stay there… I respected him for his baseball knowledge, dedication to the game and the Phillies, his loyalty to his managers and organizations, his honesty and his work ethic. He was one of the best baseball men I’ve ever been around.” [...]

  5. Tom says:

    Charlie gets the last laugh, he won a ring!

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