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Mother of Phillies Manager Manuel Dies
2008-10-10 10:49
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

From ESPN.com:

June Manuel, the mother of Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel, died Friday, the Phillies announced.

The Phillies have not said whether Manuel will manage Game 2 of the National League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The game is set for Friday at 4:30 p.m. ET.

Manuel's pregame news conference Friday was canceled. He was on the field for batting practice earlier Friday.

Manuel said of his mother in a 2005 Mother's Day postcard for MLB.com: "I can't imagine a better person in the world than my mother. I hope everybody's mom is like mine. She's been very special to me, and I've been very lucky to have a mother like her."

My sincerest condolences to Manuel and his family.

Comments
2008-10-10 10:52:04
1.   Kevin Lewis
I am truly sorry for Manuel and his family.

My first LAT

158

Man, that is rough. I really enjoyed last nights game no matter what. I mean it was the NLCS for crying out loud. I didn't even expect this team to make it to the playoffs this year, so I am just going to enjoy the ride.

Oh, did anyone catch the SNL skit last night? The question about the Cubs was hilarious.

2008-10-10 10:53:15
2.   dianagramr
0

The ESPN link is bollixed up .... here is the right one ...

http://tinyurl.com/3v4e98

2008-10-10 10:58:00
3.   bhsportsguy
My condolences to the Manuel Family.

On the lighter side, after last night's game, I watched the first episode of The Office and then last night's episode.

When Michael hugs Jim and knocks him down after he tells the office that he and Pam are engaged, I bursted out laughing.

2008-10-10 10:58:22
4.   Disabled List
I got LAT'd too, but it doesn't matter. That's a real shame about Charlie. There's never a good time for something like this, but you especially hate to see it during what's supposed to a fun and exciting time.
2008-10-10 10:58:52
5.   Kuo-fax
Wow, that's awful. Puts everything in perspective, doesn't it. Best wishes to the Manuel family.

I can't imagine trying to return to a job at a time like this.

2008-10-10 10:59:07
6.   fanerman
3 Holy spoiler Batman =(
2008-10-10 10:59:35
7.   fanerman
I meant to say this first, but I wish all the best to Charlie Manuel.
2008-10-10 10:59:52
8.   underdog
Condolences to the Manuel family.

I'm still rooting like heck for the Dodgers to win today, but I feel for him.

Don't mind to sound flip, but Manuel's one of those guys who seems older than he probably is (i.e., as dirt), so it was surprising to me to hear that his mother was still around. She may have been quite old, too, couldn't tell from that article. Anyway, however old, sounds like a great woman and a tough loss.

I think Davey Lopes should manage today. They will try to steal like gangbusters, but I think we can beat ol' Davey.

2008-10-10 11:01:47
9.   Alex41592
Terrible news.

He will still manage the Phillies in today's game.

2008-10-10 11:02:25
10.   Kuo-fax
As to the post in the last thread about not watching anymore... I just don't get it. The playoffs are a blast. It's the ride that I always remember, the ups and downs of the games that make it for me.

Last nights game was great, even if the final result was frustrating. Much rather watch a series filled with games like that, and hope that some of the ups come our way, than to watch a blowout sweep.

2008-10-10 11:18:44
11.   Bob Timmermann
8
Not mentioned with any Rule 5 implications, but keep in mind that John McCain's mother is still alive and Barack Obama's has been deceased for several years.

Vin Scully's mother lived to a very old age. I think one reason he stopped making the trips to the East Coast was that he didn't need to go visit her out there.

2008-10-10 11:19:42
12.   gpellamjr
10 Personally, I'd rather see the Dodgers win a blowout sweep, but yeah, last night's game was a lot of fun. I was still glowing from seeing the Dodgers in the NLCS for the first time. Awesome stuff. Tonight, though, I'll suffer a little more if they lose.
2008-10-10 11:19:53
13.   Alex41592
For those of you with Kellen Winslow Jr. on your NFL fantasy team.

He has an injury update.

It's a doozy.

2008-10-10 11:21:30
14.   Disabled List
13 Link?
2008-10-10 11:23:06
15.   Eric Stephen
13
I don't know if that beats Chris Snyder's injury, but youwza!
2008-10-10 11:23:35
16.   Alex41592
NSFW? Just to be safe.

http://www.profootballtalk.com/2008/10/10/winslow-has-swollen-um-parts/

2008-10-10 11:24:18
17.   Eric Stephen
14
You don't want a link to that. Trust me.

Just think of the dog in Van Wilder.

2008-10-10 11:26:05
18.   Disabled List
Jesus. I'm sorry I asked.
2008-10-10 11:28:34
19.   Jim Hitchcock
I passed on our condolences at Philliesflow...
seemed like the right thing to do.
2008-10-10 11:41:07
20.   BlueMamma
My first LAT as well...

Condolences to the family. It's hard to sort out the right way to feel when something wonderful but ultimately unimportant (being in the playoffs) happens around the same time as something awful and very important (losing a family member). For a while, at least, any kind of joy comes tinged with guilt at not being sad all the time.

back to my comment from the last thread:

I don't know... given how quickly Lowe tends to melt down once he's rattled, I'm not sure Torre should have sent him out to pitch the 6th at all. He was obviously losing it at the end of the 5th - I held my breath during the entire last at-bat to Rollins that inning, and that's a long time to hold your breath. He was crossed up, had obviously lost confidence in his pitches. When he came out to pitch the 6th, my husband and I both knew it was over.

Of course, I thought that he would be toast during game 1 against the Cubs when his defense failed him and he fell behind early, but he battled back there.

2008-10-10 11:43:18
21.   Bluebleeder87
mi mas sentido pesame a la familia Manuel.
2008-10-10 11:45:01
22.   Kevin Lewis
Speaking of Rollins, I just don't worry about him at all. Am I missing something or did he just drop considerably after the MVP season?
2008-10-10 11:47:18
23.   LogikReader
22

I'm missing something too. How'd Rollins end up getting the MVP award?

2008-10-10 11:50:11
24.   Bluebleeder87
22

He hit a HUGE dinger for them late in the season or during the brewer series. When he's right he can beat you lots of ways man, glove, bat, steal a bag hit for power with that short but powerfull stroke...

2008-10-10 11:50:47
25.   dianagramr
23

He stole the one from Morneau's house ...

2008-10-10 11:51:35
26.   Bob Timmermann
Rollins got the MVP award because he played every game at shortstop, for a division winning team, and hit 30 home runs, while stealing 41 bases and also having 38 doubles and 20 triples.

Rollins beat out Holliday by 17 points. Mainly because 5 voters put Prince Fielder first.

2008-10-10 11:53:03
27.   Bluebleeder87
he plays in a little park...

I wanna ask Jon something. Jon do you play fantasy football, I know you don't play fantasy baseball, but how about football?

2008-10-10 11:54:06
28.   ToyCannon
22
Was hurt early and it seemed to bother him for most of the season. He was on fire in Sept(869 OPS) and I wouldn't take him lightly.
2008-10-10 11:54:52
29.   dianagramr
16

Gives an entirely new meaning to "Grapefruit League" ....

(but seriously .... I hope he's OK!)

2008-10-10 11:55:45
30.   Jon Weisman
27 - Nope.
2008-10-10 11:56:17
31.   Jon Weisman
The only fantasy league I've ever played in was the Stanford Daily's 1988-89 Pac-10 men's basketball fantasy league.
2008-10-10 11:56:34
32.   ToyCannon
27
Jon has got so much free time he probably plays in multiple leagues.
2008-10-10 11:57:24
33.   Bumsrap
Sometimes Jon LATs himself
2008-10-10 11:58:06
34.   Bluebleeder87
Forgot to add 23 to the first part of my post in 27
2008-10-10 11:58:48
35.   bhsportsguy
I have stayed away from reading most accounts of last night's game but from the few I have read, the consenus was it was a well-played game.

I think while had the Dodgers won, it would have raised the importance of today's game for the Phillies, there is a lot of hope that this series goes at least 6 if not 7 games since the teams are so evenly matched.

2008-10-10 11:59:39
36.   ToyCannon
So I've got the lunch room TV set for Fox. They have rabbit ears so it will be like watching a game in the 50's with ghosts and fuzz. I expect a lot of people making excuses to visit the lunch room. This company of 50 people has the largest contingent of Dodger fans of any company I've ever worked for.
2008-10-10 12:00:53
37.   Bob Timmermann
36
Time thief!
2008-10-10 12:01:54
38.   Jon Weisman
NPUT
2008-10-10 12:03:22
39.   Who Is Karim Garcia
I took off of work to get a flu shot and watch the game
2008-10-10 12:06:12
40.   Kevin Lewis
Does anyone know if the "Fox Feeds" link will actually play the game over MLB.com?
2008-10-10 12:08:51
41.   Frip
Death can't be fun. It's too bad it happened to Charlie at this particular time.

I think it's strange when people say "condolenses to the family". It seems to me that those kind of phrases only make sense if you are speaking to the family, i.e, they can actually hear you.

2008-10-10 12:55:00
42.   Chyll Will
41 I dunno, there can't be anything wrong with putting it out there; maybe someone reads it and passes it along. When you lose someone close to you, you either shut down completely or reach out to as many people as you can. In the latter case, it's maybe unlikely, but still possible these condolences make their way to him, such as the energy from a drop in the water reaching the shore.

My condolences to Charlie Manuel and his family as well, especially since I can relate.

2008-10-10 14:26:34
43.   kinbote
Deepest condolences to Manuel and his family.

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