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Charlie Manuel denies that the Phillies were stealing signs

May 12, 2010, 4:13 PM EDT

Charlie Manuel, when asked whether the Phillies were stealing signs:

“Applesauce. We’re totally on the square, see. Now scram, before I get sore, get me?”

Wait, forgot to run that through the Charlie Manuel-to-modern translator.  Let’s see . . . ah, there we are:

“Keep crying. Absolutely not. Absolutely [bleeping] not. In no way were we stealing signs. We don’t
do that.”

Know what? I don’t know that we really needed the translator after all. 

  1. Boo Hoo Florio picked on your team - GET OVER IT - May 12, 2010 at 4:29 PM

    “Applesauce”, “before I get sore”…
    What, is he a make of cement shoes? “If’n you know what’s good for you boy, you won’t be sleeping with the fishes tonight. Capisce?”

  2. Jonny5 - May 12, 2010 at 4:40 PM

    Charlie said it = Gospel. There is no sign stealing infraction. It’s now concrete.

  3. Donovan - May 12, 2010 at 5:06 PM

    I STILL don’t care. If a team steals your signs, it’s YOUR fault. It’s part of the game. Deal with it. I don’t see what all the ruckus is about.

  4. Tom Shumaker - May 12, 2010 at 5:07 PM

    Stealing signs is NOT A CRIME! It’s NOT ILLEGAL!! If the other team’s signs are so weak that they can be decoded, they deserve to be stolen. Don’t forget – This is why the AXIS lost WORLD WAR II! Cause we used American know-how & stole signs (actually secret codes, but who gives a Wazoo)! It’s why we enjoy hot dogs & burgers at the games instead of weiner schnitzel & tempura shrimp.
    Another NON-STORY! Can’t you bloggers do any better than this?
    Maybe the Internet does need to be outlawed!! The quality of reporting has certainly gone down as the ‘net has expanded it’s reach!

  5. scatterbrian - May 12, 2010 at 5:16 PM

    That Manuel is a pocket full of firecrackers.

  6. jjschiller - May 12, 2010 at 5:20 PM

    Seriously Craig. I’m with Tom Shumaker above. This is all your fault.
    Captcha: Washout him.

  7. scatterbrian - May 12, 2010 at 5:24 PM

    Your attempt to analogize this with World War II is delightful.
    Absolutely asinine, but still delightful.

  8. COPS - May 12, 2010 at 5:27 PM

    I have it on good authority that Jerry DOES steal signs. He has one that says “No Parking” in his garage !!!!

  9. Spotts1701 - May 12, 2010 at 5:53 PM

    So his defense is that if they were stealing signs using binoculars, they wouldn’t be so stupid about it?
    Not exactly a solid argument.
    Yes, stealing signs is part of the game. But there is a difference between a player or coach on the field picking up the other team’s signs, and a coach 300+ feet away using binoculars.
    And really, if he was watching his team’s catcher set up why was he still looking through them during the Phillies’ turn at bat? Photos show him using them during the TOP of the 2nd, when the Rockies were in the field.

  10. Show me a baseball fan, a football fan and a really crazy guy and you can be sure of one thing...at - May 12, 2010 at 6:25 PM

    Give me an avid baseball fan, an avid football fan and a really crazy guy and I can assure you of one thing…at least two of the three base their lives around things that don’t matter.

  11. planktonDisciple - May 12, 2010 at 7:28 PM

    Using magnification from outside the field is why they were warned by the League. It is not in the spirit of the game. Players and onfield coaches are the only ones allowed to “decode”. When a runer is on second you change the signs. Binoculars from the bullpen phoning Victorino in the dugout is having to change your signals all the time.
    It is a mind game. If they get caught again, the punishment should be enough to stop it. Manuel obviously doesn’t believe his team is the best without it.

  12. Charles Gates - May 12, 2010 at 7:40 PM

    Craig, well done on that quote.
    recaptcha: the unhinged

  13. planktonDisciple - May 12, 2010 at 7:51 PM

    Using magnification from outside the field is why they were warned by the League. It is not in the spirit of the game. Players and onfield coaches are the only ones allowed to “decode”. When a runer is on second you change the signs. Binoculars from the bullpen phoning Victorino in the dugout is having to change your signals all the time.
    It is a mind game. If they get caught again, the punishment should be enough to stop it. Manuel obviously doesn’t believe his team is the best without it.

  14. Charles Gates - May 12, 2010 at 8:19 PM

    That street runs two ways. If you sent what you wrote to a respectable newspaper in response to a story, I really doubt you’d find your words in print.

  15. Jonny5 - May 13, 2010 at 9:46 AM

    There is nothing to see here folks, No signs were stolen by the Phillies. Charlie said so.

  16. dziardziarbinx - May 13, 2010 at 9:46 AM

    The Poles actually decoded the Enigma so brush up on your American-Know-How.

  17. PhillyPhan - May 13, 2010 at 11:24 AM

    A better story for the sports news people would be why MLB allowed an expansion team to locate in the state of CO without a domed or retractable roof on the stadium?
    When snow and below freezing temp.’s becomes a factor in being able to play a game, perhaps the Rockies should have no Home games until sometime in June, as well as eliminating home games in late Sept. It will be interesting to see how this plays out with the Twins and their new open stadium come Sept.
    Maybe the MLB can make the season longer by an extra week or two to allow for such conditions to be a regular part of the game.

  18. Utley's hair - May 13, 2010 at 12:05 PM

    Make the season even longer? Dear God, see what Cole Hamels has to say about that.
    _
    Now, let’s drop this non event or Cholly will make Craig cut a switch and take him out behind the wood shed.

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