In an interview this morning on Sportstalk 950's morning show, Phillies all-star second baseman Chase Utley said that manager Charlie Manuel "gets a bad rap" and is "an awesome manager." Utley went on to say that he "loves Charlie and so does everyone else in the clubhouse."
Except of course Pat Burrell, who rode the pine again last night, watching Utley pace the Phils with 2 homers to an 8-7, 10th inning win to set the stage for the Mets series this weekend. Jimmy Rollins was also 4-6 with the game winning hit.
Utley notably paused when asked about my proposal to give Charlie a new contract. He finally stuttered to a response saying the Phils needed to win. I'm expecting he will come up bigger than that at the plate this weekend.
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