Sunday, April 23, 2006
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel is notable for being quotable. I'm building a collection:
"I know he hit seventh the other night against a lefty, but I was looking for balance in the lineup. But if he wants to hit fourth or fifth, he can hit fourth or fifth. Just keep hitting."
April 23, about Ryan Howard, who homered twice in 4-2 win.
"I don't worry about myself. I don't have time. Why should I worry about things I don't have control over? I come to work every day, and at times it's good enough. When you lose, if I can improve, I'm looking to do it."
April 22, after a rainout.
"I can't even get kicked out of the game. I said everything I could say. I used just about everything I had."
April 21, about disputing a call during a 4-3 loss to Marlins that gave Phils worst home start since 1945.
"I think he belongs in our lineup against lefthanders. I think I have to have him in there right now. I think he's earned that."
April 20, on using Howard more, after batting the slugger seventh in 10-4 loss.
"You guys were asking me today about being 1-6 at home. Now we're 2-6. And now we can work on 3-6 tomorrow."
April 19, after Howard's 10th-inning hit beat the Nationals.
"I think it's kind of up to us to show the fans what kind of team we've got."
April 18, after drubbing by the Nationals.
"It was a good day. Easter. Suckers want to go hunt Easter eggs."
April 16, after Brett Myers' 1-0 win in Colorado.
"It just goes to show, if you pitch you can pitch anywhere. If you've got it, you've got it. If you don't, get it."
Also April 16.
"They put one of those Colorado finishes on us."
April 14, after Phils' 10-3 lead almost disappeared.
"A winning streak. Let's go. How about them Fightin' Phils?"
April 13, after Phils take 2d in a row against Atlanta.
"You understand this? It sounds good. I'll figure out these words next year."
About rap song "Laffy Taffy" by D4L, blaring in clubhouse after April 12 win in Atlanta.
"I was thinking about getting thrown out of the game. It was crossing my mind."
Sunday, April 9, after miscue-marred game 2 of a doubleheader.
"You know what, when you get right down to it, right now, I'd say the first four days out we kind of stink."
Friday, April 7, after the Phils lost to go 0-4.
Come across a good new example of the Charlie just being Charlie? Email Early Word and we'll add it to the list. Post past memorable ones and comments here.