INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
2003: In his final full season as manager of the Phillies, Larry Bowa tried his best to get the team into the playoffs, but often did it by leaving no doubt with his players as to how he felt. After his team was swept in four games by the Expos in late August in Montreal, Bowa blew up, delivering one of the worst explosions of his managerial career. Veteran Jim Thome said he had never seen Bowa so angry. "I'm not calm. I'm not happy. I'm miserable," Bowa said before the game that prompted the outburst. There was a period earlier in the season in which general manager Ed Wade told Bowa to be more positive in the dugout after management had sought out player opinion. But the Phillies never made the playoffs when Bowa was in charge, and he was bounced late in the 2004 season.