“The Phillies’ clubhouse doors remained closed Thursday at 3:30 p.m., the time when the media are typically invited in to chat with the players.
One night after saying, “We’ve got to get that edge,” Charlie Manuel decided he needed to hold a team meeting.
“The all-star break is coming and I wanted to talk to them before Sunday,” the Phillies’ manager said before Thursday night’s game against the Cincinnati Reds. “I figured today was a good day to talk to them.”
Manuel would not elaborate on what he told his players, but he offered a small glimpse.
“I want them to go home and I want them to think about the second half of the season,” Manuel said. “I also want them to relax and enjoy it. That’s one of the things I told them, but at the same time I want them to think about the second half of the season and how we want to play and how we want to come out. We want to get our mojo back, get our game back.”
Manuel admitted he could not put his finger on exactly what his team needs, but he said he still thinks the Phillies will make a run at the first-place Atlanta Braves before the season is over.
“I know our players and I know how much they like to play,” Manuel said. “I know we are definitely capable of playing good. I know we’re going to get hot. I know that. I know we’re going to get a run at our division. I can tell you right now. I’ll be surprised if we don’t.””