Manuel – “Cockiness” and “Big-headedness”

3 Jun

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After
another painful loss on Wednesday the Phillies have Thursday off.  I
usually take off from work on Thursday and enjoy the Phillies afternoon games,
but this week I’m pretty glad there isn’t one.  I don’t know if I’d want
to spoil this beautiful day.

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Before
and after the game yesterday Charlie Manuel had plenty of things to say about
the state of the Phillies.  Although he was reluctant to actually address
the media after the game he did so from the manager’s office at Turner
Field.  His major focus was addressing the attitudes and practices that
have become what he sees as commonplace in the clubhouse

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“When
you play this game you can’t take anything for granted,” Manuel said. “This
game is an every-day process, and just because you did something last year
doesn’t mean you’ll do it again this year. You have to keep the same intensity
and drive. This is a new day. You have to keep proving yourself.”  Charlie was speaking of the Phillies back to
back World Series trips and titles. 

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“I
get upset,” Charlie said. “I’ll tell you guys.
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saw everybody looking at movies. We had a whole audience in there looking at
movies and ****. I thought, ‘What the hell? We should be getting ready for the
damn game.’ I don’t like things like that.”

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“Now,
if you get complacent, and you get satisfied because you got a big deal or you
make more money and you know that you’re set [for life] … . Or if you’re a
bench player and you come over here and you get a two- or a three-year deal or
something like that and you feel good about yourself. There’s nothing wrong
with that, but at the same time, we still want those people to have the same
drive they’ve always had.

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“I
see a whole lot of cockiness, big-headedness and complacency. It’s an every-day
process to be good. You don’t take it easy or you slip.”

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Charlie
continued on, and mentioned that he sees a lot of effects from “the surrounding
things and how the game is run.”

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seems to think that many of these players have become full of themselves with
all the endorsement.  He knows it can get
in the way.  Last year Cole Hamels was the
subject of serious ridicule after he spent much of the offseason after winning
the 2008 World Series riding the banquet circuit, and filming many different
commercial endorsements.  Charlie himself
knows all about endorsements recently becoming a spokesperson for Nutrisystem. 

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The
only quote I could find from a player after Charlie’s words was from Shane
Victorino…

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“I’ve
never seen that in this room,” Shane said about the mentioned complacency. “But
if he sees it, I would never disagree with the manager. The way I look at it is
that we’re confident that we are good enough to get out of this rut. From what
I see, we’re not complacent. In the back of our minds, we’ve been through this
and we know we can play ourselves out of it. But I also understand the way
Charlie sees it. It’s frustrating for him.”

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This
would be a great way for our Phillies to prove just how good they really
are.  They are in a serious rut right now
and even though they have a lot of games left in the season, all these losses
do add up at the end.  The Phillies are
very popular with us for a reason, they keep coming back.  Do I think they can do it again? Yes, but it’s
gonna take a whole hell of a lot to do so.

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We’re
all guilty of bragging about our team, and boasting at bars to that idiot with
a Mets hat on.  It’s easy to do.  This is a new year though, so put the “Cockiness”
and “Big-headedness” away and play.

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One Response to “Manuel – “Cockiness” and “Big-headedness””

  1. raysfanboy June 7, 2010 at 7:55 pm #

    I think that your guys certainly are a little cocky these days. But isn’t that helped you reach the Series the last few seasons? Honestly, it is one of the things I hate most about the Phillies, but the cockiness is well earned. You guys are good. I think you have enough veteran leadership on that team to pull through this tough stretch.

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