Something to keep in the back of your headbefore the Phillies series:
"Somebody maybe ought to check the Mets if they (steal signs). Their (----ing) home record is out of this world (14-8), and they're losing on the road (4-8). Sometimes that's a good indicator of getting signs and (crap). I'm not accusing them, but you look at that and - damn. We're about the same home and road. I'm just saying their record is much better at home and they hit better." -Charlie Manuel
Please ... team. I'm begging of you one final time: Can we dust somebody this series and teach Charlie a lesson about opening his mouth and talking nonsense? Now I realize that R.A. Dickey isn't going to break a pane of glass with his fastball. And I've been told that my stance on this would disqualify me from coaching in any youth leagues (I do need to be kept away from America's youth, it's true). But you could be sure that if the shoe was on the other foot that Jose Reyes would be eating Citi Field dirt in retaliation for Snoop Manuel's words. But that would never happen because all Snoop does is tell jokes.
I mean, Charlie had to have broken some unwritten rule here, didn't he? How is Reyes dancing three steps from the dugout worse than what Charlie pulled?
So I'm pleading one last time: send a message about Charlie's misplaced tirade and send somebody to the dirt ... preferably not with one of R.A.'s knuckleballs. You'll never have more due cause to do this than this series. And I promise that either way I'll never bring this up again (mainly because I'm sick of pleading about reclaiming the inside part of the plate only to have to listen to this team use every excuse in the book as to why they're above this sort of thing, and in the processdriving me to drink Drano from the tap).