Charlie Manuel was fired Friday by the Philadelphia Phillies after nine seasons, 780 wins, five division titles and one World Series win. He's actually won 1,000 games total as a manager, a nice round number that was supposed to be honored on the field before Friday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
You know, until Manuel was fired.
For all the talking general manager Ruben Amaro did during Friday's dismissal press conference — not to mention the crying — about how tough the firing was and how much Manuel meant to the organization, the Phillies sure didn't figure out a smooth way to honor their longtime manager for becoming the 59th to join the 1,000-win club and fire him in the same day.
As Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports, the ceremony isn't happening. For one, because Manuel didn't stick around for it.
Phillies had planned to honor Charlie Manuel on the field before tonight’s game for his 1,000th win. That will not happen. Manuel left.
— Matt Gelb (@magelb) August 16, 2013
The Phillies did win Manuel's 1,000th game on the road, so Friday was the first chance to honor him in front the home crowd. And the team is beginning a 10-game homestand, so it seemed like a good opportunity to make a clean break.
But that doesn't mean it looks any better to send a guy packing a few hours before you were planning to celebrate him.