An interesting leftover from Phillies manager Charlie Manuel's talk with reporters Wednesday night: Manuel was asked about the hot start the Phillies are on. Instead of saying how great it is and everything, Manuel dipped into his story bank to issue a warning:
Things can change quickly. Very quickly.
In 2002, Manuel managed the Cleveland Indians. They began the season 11-1. Then they lost 15 of their next 17 to drop to 13-16. By the All-Star break, the Indians were 39-47 and Manuel was fired.
"I want to tell you guys something about starts," Manuel said Wednesday, "we’ll come out and play just like we always do. One year in Cleveland we jumped out to about 11-1 and everyone was walking around like we’ve already won the World Series. About two weeks later, we were sitting there about 13-15. Those are guys we’ve got. We don’t look back. I’m very, very happy. But I don’t want to play into it. There’s nothing wrong with a good start. We’ve got a long ways to go. We’ve just getting underway."
The Phillies can equal the 8-1 start by the 1993 team with another victory Thursday.
Three Phillies will receive their Gold Glove Awards before Saturday's game. Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino and Placido Polanco (who won his playing second base for Detroit) will all be presented with the trophies.
One alarming stat: Roy Halladay is the only Phillies' starter who has pitched more than six innings in 2010.
Every player and coach is wearing No. 42 Thursday in honor of Jackie Robinson. That must make things rather confusing for a casual fan of baseball at the game.