A guest on 610-WIP's morning show, radio host Howard Eskin said Charlie Manuel's threats of violence were desperate attempts to prove he can be tough on players.
Eskin, who said he prefaced his question with Lou Pinella's clubhouse challenge in Chicago, defended his behavior and said he acted within reason when he asked the Phillies' skipper whether it was time to ride his players a little harder. When things got heated, Eskin observed that both Jimy Williams and Davy Lopes, new coaches, stayed clear of getting involved, with Eskin implying the two ex-managers are trying to separate themselves from Manuel as much as possible. Eskin did not enter Manuel's office alone; he was accompanied by a member of the Phillies public relations staff. Later when the confrontation spilled into the clubhouse, Manuel made a show of saying "I'm going to kick your a--" in front of players and media, to which Eskin responded "Why don't you grow up?" Afterward, Eskin visited the Mets' clubhouse where several players commented on how uninspired the Phillies have been playing.