The Philadelphia Phillies manager is so befuddled by his club’s lack of offence he’s threatening violence.
Not against the main purveyors of Philadelphia’s ongoing struggles – his players – but rather a certain member of the media.
“I don’t know what I can do,” said Manuel, when asked if there’s anything left to do about the Phillies’ hitting woes with runners on base.
“If we don’t hit and score runs, I don’t know what we can do,” Manuel continued, his face becoming redder as he raised his voice.
The Phillies, losers of nine of their last 13, dropped the opening game of a three-game set against the New York Mets on Friday, stranding 10 men after leading 3-0.
The loss dropped the Phillies to four games under .500 (35-39) and eight games back of the division-leading Atlanta Braves.
After Manuel mentioned Chase Utley as making good contact with runners on in Friday’s loss, the reporter continued pressing: “Is the rest of the lineup going to be fine?”
“Do I know if the rest of the lineup is going to be fine?” Manuel responded. “If I knew that, don’t you think I’d do something about it?
“Does anybody else know that? Do you know it? I don’t think so. I know you don’t know it as a matter of fact.”
The reporter attempted to get a word in before Manuel raised his voice further.
“What else do you want to know? Anything else?”
As Manuel headed towards the exit, the cheeky reporter got his sound bite.
“When are you going to score 10 runs?” the reporter asked.
“When I knock you out,” Manuel said. “That’s when.”
That was all.