The Survivor: Manuel building NYC rep

Mets' manager has established himself as a fighter, New Yorker and certified 'gangsta'

Updated: June 19, 2010, 12:03 PM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- Jerry Manuel weathered a mistake of his own ninth-inning design, and on the night his Mets finally beat an American League team worth a damn, the result was apropos.

Manuel is proving to be a much tougher out than we all thought. He survived his nearly disastrous deferred call to his closer because, well, that's what survivors do.

"In order to be worth anything," Manuel said in a quiet moment outside his winning Yankee Stadium clubhouse, "I think at some point you ...

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