Phillies manager Charlie Manuel has been fired, which means there’s probably no need for him to stick around Haddonfield, NJ, where he stays during baseball season. His off-season house, however, is in Winter Haven, Florida, a rather modest area of affordable homes–including this one that’s right next door to Manuel’s. (Or at least around the bend. They don’t do “next door” in this kind of Florida.)
In a recent game against the Cincinnati Reds, Cliff Lee was inexplicably picked off as pinch runner and made a crap ninth-inning mess of it. The Phillies won anyway, but even better than the surprise win was the attention his locally made t-shirt received by national press. The shirt, which reads “Don’t Worry Be Charlie,” is one of a series of Philly-centric beautes by South Philly print shop Hog Island Press. Here’s a Manuel inspirational quote that goes with the shirt:
“You know what they call that? Baseball. I’ve been in baseball for 40-some years and I haven’t been able to figure this game out. That’s what makes you care. That’s what makes you come back the next day and try harder. It’s hard to explain this game. It’s amazing.”
Philadelphia media likes nothing more than to “localize” big, national stories. There’s always a Philly hook–always. In the case of the winning Powerball jackpot, here’s what we’ve got:
The Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown is from Zephyrhills, Fla. and has shopped at the Publix supermarket where the winning Powerball was sold.