Oct 142010
Phillies Manager Charlie Manuel

Phillies Manager Charlie Manuel

October 14:

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Reds: Phils could go all the way

October 14 Philadelphia Inquirer:

“Miguel Cairo doesn’t like to throw too many compliments out to teams he’s not playing for but the Cincinnati Reds’ utility player acquiesced a little after the Phillies had finished off a three-game sweep of the Reds in the National League division series.

“I don’t like to tip my cap to no one. That’s just the way I am,” Cairo, who played for the Phillies last season, said Sunday night. “But you have to play your best to beat those guys.”

The Phillies will be shooting for a third consecutive National League pennant when they open the league championship series against NL West division champion San Francisco Giants on Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park. The Phils are favored to become the first NL team to play in three straight World Series since the St. Louis Cardinals did so from 1942 to 1944.

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Giants’ manager part of Phillies lore

October 14 Philadelphia Inquirer:

“The Phillies have run into Bruce Bochy once before in the postseason. Actually, “run into” is too mild of a phrase. They bowled him over like a duckpin.

The Phils are hoping the 2010 National League Championship Series meeting with Bochy that begins Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park winds up like their first one, 30 years ago, with them still standing and with the San Francisco Giants manager wondering what hit him.

A third-string Houston Astros catcher at the time, Bochy earned his indelible black-and-blue mark in Phillies history when, in the 10th inning of Game 4 of the 1980 NLCS, he was hit by a history-bound train.

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Manuel has postseason stuff all figured out

October 14 Philadelphia Daily News:

“CONGRATULATIONS, you have gotten your team to the playoffs again! It was a long season, full of slumps and injuries and Lord knows what else that never got in the papers. But it’s another postseason and here you are, just a handful of victories away from another championship. It’s what you play for – that chance – and now you’ve got to take a deep breath and remind yourself that you’re surrounded by world-class players.

Remember, you don’t have to go in there at this point in the year and pump anyone up.

They’re pumped. Even guys who have been there before, chances are they’re sky high.

If anything, you’ve got to assure that everyone stays calm – including yourself.

Good as he has been in handling the highs and lows that come in a 162-game season, few have proved themselves more skilled at navigating the postseason than Phillies manager Charlie Manuel, whose team opens the NL Championship Series against the Giants on Saturday evening at Citizens Bank Park. As his Phillies stand just four victories from their third consecutive World Series appearance – and eight from their second world championship in that span – Manuel has won the admiration of some very successful managers and head coaches, including former Phillies manager Dallas Green, former Eagles coach Dick Vermeil and others who have had teams compete for championships.

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Blanton ready to go for Phillies as Game 4 starter, if needed

October 14 Philadelphia Daily News:

“BY THE TIME Joe Blanton takes the mound in the National League Championship Series, he is all but certain to have gone at least 20 days without starting a game.

The effect of that layoff is one of the big unknowns of this year’s showdown between the Phillies and the Giants, which starts Saturday at Citizens Bank Park.

But ask Blanton about it, and he’ll respond with a shrug.

“I did it last year,” the veteran righthander said. “So, been there, done that.”

Last year, Blanton went 16 days between his final start of the regular season and his first start of the postseason, pitching twice in relief in the National League Division Series before taking the mound against the Dodgers in Game 4 of the NLCS.

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