Manuel understands Phillies fans booing Hamels

Phillies starter Cole Hamels doesn't like what he sees in his season debut at Citizens Bank Park. Hamels gave up seven hits, walked two, and allowed six runs in 22/3 innings to take the loss against the New York Mets.
Phillies starter Cole Hamels doesn't like what he sees in his season debut at Citizens Bank Park. Hamels gave up seven hits, walked two, and allowed six runs in 22/3 innings to take the loss against the New York Mets.
Posted: April 07, 2011

Charlie Manuel said he understood why fans at Citizens Bank Park chose to boo Cole Hamels after one of the worst starts of his career Tuesday night. "It's part of baseball," the manager said in the dugout before Wednesday's game.

"If they pay money to come see us, and they feel like they don't like something, they'll let you know or whatever, and you've got to handle that," Manuel said.

After nine-plus years as a big-league manager, Manuel has the wisdom to practice what he preaches. In his younger days, however, his philosophy was a little bit different, to say the least.

On Wednesday, he added to his growing legend with a wild story from his days as a coach in the Minnesota Twins' minor-league system (1983-87).

The tale began when Manuel, then a third base coach, heard a nearby fan ragging on a hitter who had just popped up a bunt attempt.

"I walked over and took my shirt off," Manuel recounted, "and put it over his head. . . . He said sorry and started backing off, and I said: 'No, go coach third base, I'll stand here and drink your beer.' "

Asked if he'd ever do the same in Philly, Manuel offered nothing more than a shake of his head.

- Brian Kotloff

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