Phillies manager Charlie Manuel engaged in a heated argument with 610-WIP radio host Howard Eskin, including implied physical threats, following last night's 8-1 loss to the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park.
Paraphrased from NBC-10's morning news segment: Frustrations initially boiled over during the post-game press conference when Eskin, famed antagonist in the world of Philadelphia sports, asked the Phillies skipper whether it was advisable for Manuel to show a little more fire in the wake of the team's 3-9 start. Manuel then invited Eskin back to his office to demonstrate his brand of discipline. Eskin, among Manuel's harshest critics, accepted his offer, following the Phillies manager back to his office after Manuel cut the press conference short and walked off stage. Behind closed doors, cameras picked up loud shouting, most of it coming from Manuel, the loudest of all being "We're going to win!" The argument later spilled over into the locker room, where Manuel had to be restrained and escorted out of the room by team officials, with Manuel heard shouting something along the lines of "What's it to you, anyway?"
Beerleaguer will have more on this developing story throughout the day. Once NBC-10's video becomes available, we'll provide a link.
The Phillies are off to their worst start in 20 years, and last night's lifeless, uninspired loss certainly fueled the fires of frustration. The Phillies squeezed out only one run with 16 base-runners, with the lone run coming by way of a bases-loaded walk. The heart of the lineup continued to struggle, including a pair of key strikeouts by Ryan Howard and Chase Utley with no outs and two men on base, with Pat Burrell ending the threat with a pop out. The bullpen, an ongoing concern, never kept it close once starter Freddy Garcia was lifted.