Charlie Manuel will manage Game 2 against the Dodgers, the same day he learned his 87-year-old mother passed away two days after suffering a heart attack.
Three hours before game time, the manager was at his usual spot, leaning against the batting cage, watching hitters swing and fielders field, all set against the backdrop of pitchers stretching their arms in the outfield. The Phillies canceled Manuel's scheduled afternoon press conference. It remains to be seen whether he'll manage the game or speak with the press afterward.
Really sad news. From what I understand, Charlie was real close to his mother. Our columnist, Rich Hofmann, was sitting in his office after the Phillies clinched the National League Division Series when Manuel's cell phone rang. The manager looked at the number. It was his mother.
June Manuel lived in Buena Vista, Va., where Charlie grew up. Funeral arrangements are pending.