Here is some of what an agitated Charlie Manuel--more agitated than at any other point this season, in my view--said after the broom fell.
On his players: “I hear some of them talking, saying we’re a team that plays better when we have to,” he said. “(Expletive) the last couple years. What the hell? That don’t mean (expletive). Last year is dead and gone. We play for today.” On the series: “We did everything we could to lose. You name it, go back over each game. Any time we needed to hit we didn’t. Any time we needed to pitch, we didn’t.
On why the Phils have so far failed to show they can play as well with a September cushion than while chasing the New York Mets: “How come we couldn’t play better now?” Manuel said. “Or more relaxed now? Answer me that. And we’re sitting in a better place.”
On the importance of Raul Ibanez to the lineup: “You know something? We need Raul to get his swing back,” he said. “You have to remember, when we’ve got (Chase Utley, and we’ve got (Ryan) Howard, and Ibanez hitting the ball like he was the first half of the year, we’ve got two very professional hitters standing there. In between, we’ve got Howard in the middle of them. We become more dangerous as far as knocking in runs in the middle of our lineup, no doubt. Raul was hitting the ball all over the field, and he’s hitting home runs.”