You think Charlie Manuel doesn't know how important the All-star game is?
He's managed the Phillies to the World Series both of the last two seasons and yet because of the National League's failures in the ASG he's goie into those two World Series match ups at a disadvantage.
That's probably why he gave an impassioned speech before last nights game.
"I don't think I can say exactly what he said," Charlie Manuel's hitting coach, Milt Thompson, reported afterward. "It was all about kicking somebody's butt, though."
"He was very genuine and motivational," Rolen said of his manager for a day. "In his way, he kept it light, and he kept it honest, and he got some guys laughing. And it was a good feel. There were no TV cameras in the room. It wasn't for show. You know, it was him talking to guys and just saying what he felt."
Genuine. Honest. Motivational.
In a battle of young vs old, Yankees vs Phillies, Girardi vs Manuel, it was Charlie who was the obvious All-Star.
Often with the ASG we as fans focus only on the players, but the NL couldn't have snapped it's historic ASG slump with the managing and motivational talents of Charlie Manuel.