Werth, Victorino saddened by Manuel's ouster
Two former Phillies outfielder now with other teams said the same thing about Charlie Manuel's firing: He deserved better.
Jayson Werth and Shane Victorino, both part of the Phillies' 2008 World Series champs, had fond memories of their former skipper.
Victorino, now with the Red Sox, said the news almost made him cry. He was saddened to learn that the Phillies dismissed Manuel on Friday, with six weeks left in the season.
"It almost was to the point where I teared up a little bit," Victorino told FOXSports before the Red Sox played the Yankees. "That seven years from 2005 to 2011, that run we had in Philly, that was one of the greatest runs they've had in that sport, in that city.
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"His contract was up. We all knew the situation. But to have it happen this way, I don't know if Charlie came out and said, 'If that is what is going to happen, let's do it now.' It doesn't matter. It still hurts to see it end the way it did."
Werth, now with the Nationals, was reflective and grateful on Friday as he talked about the impact Manuel had on him and his career. He called him, with respect to Davey Johnson, "The best manager I ever played for."
"I thought he deserved better," Werth said. "I owe him a lot. I took a lot for me to win him over, but once he put me in there, he believed in me as much if not more than anyone I've ever played for. He was the one that kind of pushed me to become the player I became."
Werth said he hadn't spoken to any of his former teammates on Friday, figuring it was probably a tough day for them as Manuel was ushered out in an emotional news conference.