Is there any harm in letting the favored Phillies play out the season before rewarding Charlie Manuel, who was at the helm and tactically culpable, when the superior Phils were bested by the Giants in the NLCS?
It's funny that for the last few days, Eagles head coach Andy Reid has been at the center of a firestorm for stating the obvious about David Akers' missed field goals in the Wild Card game, yet nobody said a peep when Manuel totally threw Shane Victorino under the bus two weeks ago in a Daily News article that painted the Gold Glove center fielder as a complacent airhead. "We've won games and went to a couple World Series," Manuel said. "It might be a relaxation thing or something like that. I think he got a little bit more home-run happy. He just didn't stay focused as much as he usually does."
Never mind the fact that Vic's homer and RBI numbers increased after an offseason preparing to hit seventh in order to, you know, generate in those specific categories. Manuel and the front office were eager to turn his power loose and mentioned it every chance they could. After all, it's one of the reasons they signed Placido Polanco.
Which brings us to Manuel. Since nobody is positioned to publicly criticize Manuel the way he did with Vic, maybe someone should. In fact, Angelo Cataldi, of all people, writing in his Metro column today, did just that. He flips all this matter-of-fact, matter-of-time extension talk on its ear and reminds readers of all the costly, poor choices Cholly made in the Championship Series, the downward spiral of Jimmy Rollins, and not to sound like a complete ass, the fact that we have been deprived of a title since 2008.
2008! I didn't even have any Facebook friends back then.