Manuel gets one last reminder that Mom's always right
PHILADELPHIA -- The day before June Forrest Manuel died, she talked on the phone with her son Charlie, the famous Philadelphia Phillies manager."Charles Jr.," she said (she never called him Charlie), "pray for me. I'm really sick." "I will, Mom," he said, in that Virginia drawl of his. "And you pray for us, too." "Don't you worry, son," she said. That's because the 87-year-old June, who had suffered a heart attack a week earlier, was convinced Charles Jr.'s team was going to win the National League pennant and then win the World Series. She had even told friends that very thing. That was Oct. 9. On Oct. 10, hours before the Phillies took a 2-0 series lead against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLCS, June Manuel died. But she was right. The Phillies eventually finished off L.A., reached the World Series and, Wednesday night, in the frozen-food section known as Citizens Bank Park, her oldest son won a world championship. "It couldn't happen to a better feller," he said, laughing. You should have seen him sitting in his office afterward: a 64-year-old with a smile as wide as the commissioner's trophy. No clubhouse champagne showers for him. But he did admit he had a bottle of whiskey stashed away on a shelf. People poured into the office to congratulate him. Dallas Green, a former Phillies manager, general manager and team president (and now a special advisor to the GM), was the first to pull Manuel toward him. "Give me a hug, you big rascal!" Green said. "You are something. I'm proud of you. I'm proud of you. You did it."
"I thank my mom. I think she's pulling for me. I think she's the strength."
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• Gene Woj: Bud did the right thing
• Selig: No shortened game
• In-game chat with Rob Neyer
• Game 5 blog
• Phillies win first title since 1980
• BBTN looks back at World Series
• Phillies players react to championship
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• The managers break down Game 5
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• Rays' season in review
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