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Quote of the Day: Charlie Manuel

May 28, 2010, 9:19 AM EDT

“Sometimes you eat the bear, and sometimes the bear eats you. Panicking ain’t going to do no good.”

Charlie Manuel after last night’s Mets-Phillies game.  First of all, when the hell does anyone eat bear? Second, sorry Charlie, but if a bear is eating me, I’m gonna panic.

  1. largebill - May 28, 2010 at 9:29 AM

    Craig,
    Maybe it is part of the whole nutri-system things he did to lose weight. Feel free to share the idea with Aaron.

  2. YankeesfanLen - May 28, 2010 at 9:31 AM

    From forty years ago….
    …..”and sometimes you don’t even SEE the bear”
    Charlie has such groovy quotes.

  3. The Common Man - May 28, 2010 at 9:32 AM

    I thought we answered that question yesterday, Craig. Tigers.

  4. Smit - May 28, 2010 at 9:43 AM

    Thats classic. In so many ways. I love the sorry charlie… nice touch.
    Smit

  5. Luis - May 28, 2010 at 9:47 AM

    Sam Elliott rules.

  6. Jonny5 - May 28, 2010 at 9:53 AM

    I,ve eaten bear. It isn’t bad. An Alaskan Black bear to be exact. And I’d bet Charlie has as well. Let’s just hope the bears aren’t reading this blog and decide to exact revenge. Charlie Manuel Has to be the most loved skipper in the game.

  7. Professor Longnose - May 28, 2010 at 10:01 AM

    It’s not an original quote. It’s at least as old as 1972, when it appears in a Jim Croce song:
    Chorus:
    And you think you’ve seen trouble
    Well you’re lookin’ at the man ah ha
    Oh, the world’s own original hard luck story
    And a hard time losin’ man
    Oh, sometimes skies are cloudy
    And sometimes skies are blue
    And sometimes they say that you eat the bear
    But sometimes the bear eats you
    And sometimes I feel like I should go
    Far far away and hide
    ‘Cause I keep a waitin’ for my ship to come in
    And all that ever comes is the tide

  8. William T. Riker - May 28, 2010 at 10:08 AM

    “Some days you get the bear, and some days the bear gets you.”
    – Commander Riker to Captain Picard
    Clearly, Cholly likes his Star Trek.
    Captcha: be stevens

  9. The Dude - May 28, 2010 at 10:10 AM

    It’s painfully obvious you’re not a fan (and may have never seen) The Big Lebowski. Do yourself a favor

  10. D-Luxxx - May 28, 2010 at 10:11 AM

    Yes, from the Big Lebowski. C’mon Craig, don’t tell me you haven’t seen it.

  11. Bull Durham - May 28, 2010 at 10:12 AM

    While three straight shutouts at the hands of the Mets is a nightmare, anyone who’s followed this Phils team knows they’re prone to extended slumps at the plate. This is obviously extreme but Charlie’s point is right on the money – this team didn’t suddenly lose the ability to hit, they’re just slumping. They’ll come out of it. Mets fans are having a ball right now but they’ll still be at home watching the Phillies in the playoffs come October.

  12. David Pinto - May 28, 2010 at 10:14 AM

    “First of all, when the hell does anyone eat bear?” As Charlie says, sometimes. I believe this quote was also used in Star Trek, the Next Generation.

  13. Craig Calcaterra - May 28, 2010 at 10:20 AM

    I have seen Lebowski, a ton of times actually, but I gotta say I have no memory of this quote. Elliot in the bowling ally at the end, I guess?
    Wow. I know what I’m watching tonight.
    Catchpa: “populist Saigon” I shit you not. This is not ‘Nam. There are rules.

  14. Ace - May 28, 2010 at 10:35 AM

    That some kind of Eastern thing?

  15. Alex - May 28, 2010 at 10:56 AM

    the line is from the Stranger (Sam Elliot), only he says “bear” as “bar.” Apparently he was immitating an actor from a TV western (Gunsmoke, maybe?) who used to say it that way.

  16. OldNo7 - May 28, 2010 at 11:00 AM

    I thought Cholly was dropping lyrics from “When The Levee Breaks.”

  17. Moses Green - May 28, 2010 at 11:55 AM

    That’s just Charlie being Charlie – dispensing wisdom the old-fashioned way – homespun.

  18. Charles Gates - May 28, 2010 at 12:14 PM

    So do we think Cholly was quoting:
    A) Jim Croce
    B) The Big Lebowski
    C) Star Trek
    D) Sam Elliot
    or
    E) what Moses said.

  19. ctm - May 28, 2010 at 12:21 PM

    –“Sometimes you eat the bear, and sometimes the bear eats you. Panicking ain’t going to do no good.”–
    My gay friend explained this to me once, I think.

  20. scatterbrian - May 28, 2010 at 12:39 PM

    The Davy Crockett song lyrics say “killed him a bear when he was only three” but it’s sung as “bar”

  21. JBerardi - May 28, 2010 at 1:41 PM

    “Wow. I know what I’m watching tonight.”

    In that case, allow me to recommend these two pieces. They’re quick reads and they’ve really enhanced by enjoyment of the film (which is saying something because it was already one of my favorites).

  22. JudyJ - May 28, 2010 at 2:10 PM

    Manuel is beloved in New York – this week. Two weeks ago, they would be taking out an ad to give the bear a signon bonus to devour Manuel. Manuel went to the Don Zimmer School of quotable quotes.

  23. Route36West - May 29, 2010 at 11:27 PM

    “First of all, when the hell does anyone eat bear? Second, sorry Charlie, but if a bear is eating me, I’m gonna panic. ”
    You know how stupid you make yourself look when you try to make fun of Charlie and in the process prove to everyone your dumber then him?
    First off He didnt say people wouldnt panic when your getting eaten by a bear or that you shouldnt panic. He just said it wouldnt help you. You gotta be really stupid not to understand that.
    Secondly this isnt something Charlie made up its a saying that has been around longer then Manuel. It just show how much of a punk you are that you critize him for being different even tho this has nothing to do with him.
    People like you try to do anything to tear people down even when they do nothing wrong.

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