It has been a while since we have featured a Phil on Phungo and I also have not yet properly honored the man who led the team to its first World Championship in 28 years, Charlie Manuel.
This week Sports Illustrated awarded Michael Phelps as their 2008 Sportsman of the Year. The honor is much deserved, however, there are many great people in sports that will go unrecognized for their performances, SI scribe Tom Verducci is aware of this and has written a SI column to honor Charlie Manuel.
Verducci’s complimentary article stresses how Manuel has stayed involved in baseball simply for the love of the game and for that reason he is a baseball lifer. He is not a celebrity manager nor does he want to be one. He spent 18 years mentoring players in the minors before getting a shot to manage the Cleveland Indians in 2000.
Charlie Manuel had a short unremarkable career in Major League Baseball in the States but
became a star in Japan where he earned the nickname “Aka-Oni“ (the Red Devil) for his red hair and tenacious style of play. During his six-year Japanese career Manuel won an MVP award and set the league record homers hit by an American. While in Japan Charlie learned to speak the language and now he uses that skill when communicating with his Japanese players.
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During the off-season I am going to attempt to feature a posting for each of the members of the Phillies 2008 World Series Squad. This is the first of the World Series Postings.
We now move on to other business and the Spot the Sig! game status after round 3 in which a Player To Be Named Later PTBNL has joined the game with a double by Identifying J R Towles Autograph. PTBNL then stretched the double to a triple by getting the bonus question for an extra base. The final two answers to the bonus question regarding catchers for the Phungo Fantasy squad were Miguel Montero and Chris Coste. Tough break for Night Owl whos suspected it might be a Phil and Kudos to Cardboard Addiction who guessed the catcher I wanted in the draft Geovany Soto. If I had him maybe I would not have finished 6th out of 10 teams. Okay enough babbling here are the standings.
Cardboard Junkie - Braves - 1 Run in - Man on First
PTBNL - I think repsresentin the Phillies - Jimmy Rollins on Third with a stretch Triple.
Stats on the Back - Stinkin Mets - Man on 2nd
Cardboard Addiction - Bosox - Man on First
Night Owl - Dodgers - Man on First
For further information regarding the Phungo Spot the Sig! contest click here and join the party - you just may find yourself with a stack of cards come spring training!