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04/18/07 1:36 AM ET
Manuel confronts radio host after loss
Manager exchanges sharp words following defeat to the Mets
By Ken Mandel / MLB.com
PHILADELPHIA -- Manager Charlie Manuel hollered and laced into a profanity-laced tirade after Tuesday's 8-1 loss to the Mets, only his 10 minutes of invectives weren't directed at his players. Manuel abruptly ended his post-game press conference when the radio personality, 610 WIP's Howard Eskin, baited the manager by suggesting he shed his perceived nice-guy image and Norman Vincent Peale approach to winning ("The Power of Positive Thinking") -- and "go off on somebody." Seemingly good naturedly, Manuel said, "There are times and ways to do it. For me to just go in there and throw a fit -- I can go in there and tear the whole [expletive] locker room up. I can come in here and throw over every chair. I don't see where that's going to do any good." Eskin continued to antogonize. "Don't you think it creates some urgency for the players?" he said. "Because they hardly ever see you angry." "I think they see me angry more than you think they do," Manuel said. "I think you probably don't see me angry. I can show you [that] I can get angry. Why don't you drop by my office? I'll be waiting on you. I'll walk down there right now." Minutes later, that meeting happened, with Manuel doing most of the talking, or screaming that could be heard from behind a closed door. About 10 minutes later, while reporters questioned starter Freddy Garcia, Manuel entered the clubhouse and continued. Told to "grow up" by Eskin, Manuel shot back with an unprintable response. He was escorted to the back by catching instructor Mick Billmeyer and media relations manager Greg Casterioto, while hitting coach Milt Thompson took Eskin out the front door. Some players, including Shane Victorino, Garcia, Jon Lieber and Jayson Werth, witnessed the exchange. Much of this is frustration over the team's 3-9 start that has left them in last place in the National League East. Though he might not have expressed it with a blowup, the players know that they're manager isn't happy. "We know he's upset," Aaron Rowand said. "He's not happy with the way things have gone. We haven't played well enough to win the games that we should. Everybody knows he's not happy. He doesn't have to yell at us to relay that across. We get it. "We have to play better as a team, all the way around."
Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.