Jimmy Rollins isn’t the only guy wearing a Phillies uniform questioning the baseball IQ of the paying customers. From the Philadelphia Daily News’ Rich Hoffman.
Larry Bowa got a 4-year honeymoon with the fans. Charlie Manuel got about 4 weeks. That is not an exaggeration. Bowa could have decided to play with eight men instead of nine and still been cheered every time he popped out of the dugout. Manuel couldn’t make a simple pitching change on Saturday night without the full accompaniment of the (No Championships Since) 1983 Overture.
Manuel (above) said he actually asked umpire Joe West for permission to linger a little longer during one of his Saturday journeys to the mound – final score: Reds 12, Phillies 4 – apparently to give the booing a chance to die down. “[West] laughed and said, ‘Sure, take your time,’ ” Manuel said. “What are you going to do?”
“Do I understand their anger?” Manuel asked. “I would like for them to study the game more. I’m not saying that they don’t know the game, but I’d like to see them study how we get to a point… It’s not like they have to learn it. But watch the game and see how we, why we lost. What happened in the game? How did we win 16? How did we lose 22?”