As you may have heard by now, the Philadelphia Phillies have been warned by Major League Baseball about allegations of stealing signs. In a MUST read article for mlb.com, Charlie Manuel responds to some reporters questions. Here are a few interesting excerpts:
When the Mets were brought up as the other team that complained about the Phillies stealing signs in 2007 using a center field camera:
“Somebody ought to check on the Mets if they did [complain], because their … home record is out of this world and they’re losing on the road,” Manuel said. “That’s a good indication sometimes, if you want to know about signs and [stuff]. When I see somebody is 17-2 at home and 4-12 on the road I kind of get concerned about that. That kind of crosses my mind.”
When asked why so many teams accuse the Phillies of cheating, especially Larry Bowa of the Dodgers who accused them of doing it during the 2009 playoffs:
“Because we beat them,” Manuel said. “That’s why. … Keep crying. I’m sure if they can steal signs, they’ll steal them. And believe we will, too, if we can get them. Yeah, we will. Legally. If you’re dumb enough to let us get them, then that’s your fault. That’s been in the game for a long time.”
And my personal favorite. A quote by Shane Victorino:
“Every year we’re accused of cheating somehow,” Victorino said of the accusations. “Your guess is as good as mine.
-Well, if it quacks like a duck and looks like a duck…it just might be a duck. I am not nieve to believe that the Phillies are the only one who cheat in the game. Hell, maybe the Mets do it but apparently whoever we may have that does it isnt very good. The fact of the matter is this, the Phillies came literally out of nowhere to being the “class of the National League”. The accusations apparently stem from 2007 and apparently according to Victorino, its a annual accusation. I dont need to connect the dots for you to figure out which team that frame of time coincides with and that particular teams dominance against the league. All I got to say is that the game does get alot easier when you know whats coming. Oh and what is the Phillies punishment you ask for these cheating accusations, 3 extra home games against the Blue Jays during inter league play. Granted it is for some bogus “security concerns” due to a G20 summit in the Toronto area, it probably is real nice to get caught cheating AND get an extra 3 games at the sandlot Citizens Bank Park. As Metsblog points out, e-mails and comments on WFAN point out that apprently the G20 summit was conducted in Pittsburg last year but the Pirates played their games with no rescheduling.Im sure this is one of those things that nothing can be done about it, however if you wish to voice your concern about this issue to Mr. Selig, you can follow in the steps of Metsblog commentor “d in ben lomond“. Long live Mr. Seligs a**kissing of the Phillies!