Charlie Manuel walks out of the stadium after being fired as manager of the Philadelphia Phillies before a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, in Philadelphia. Manuel, the winningest manager in franchise history, was replaced by Hall of Famer and former Chicago Cubs second baseman Ryne Sandberg, the Phillies' third-base coach. Sandberg takes over beginning with Friday night's game against the NL West-leading Dodgers.
This is why we love sports. The emotional connection we have to this picture is only something a true Philadelphia sports fan can feel. After a season to forget, Charlie Manuel walks out of Citizens Bank Park for the last time. In sports, we love an underdog. We love a winner. Charlie built one of the scrappiest teams in baseball during his time with the Phillies. Dare I say over his tenure, the Phillies OVERACHIEVED in many aspects. They played hard for Charlie and they RESPECTED him. Sad to see him go. Trust that Philadelphia will never forget Charlie Manuel and everything he brought to the organization, and I know I speak for everyone when I say, simply, "Thank You."