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Charlie Manuel says Shane Victorino had to fight “unless he wants his teammates to call him chicken”

Aug 6, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

Shane Victorino, Mike Muchlinski,Ramon Ramirez

Todd Zolecki of MLB.com got some good quotes about last night’s Phillies-Giants scuffle from Shane Victorino, Placido Polanco, and manager Charlie Manuel.

For starters, Manuel said that Victorino “almost has to” charge the mound when Ramon Ramirez plunked him “unless he wants his teammates to call him chicken” because “he hit Vic and then came off the mound at him … that’s the way baseball works. I’ve been playing for almost 50 years. He pretty much called him out.”

Victorino told Zolecki that he “absolutely” believes Ramirez intentionally hit him with the pitch that started it all, saying:

That’s why I took a step forward. I had no intentions of going out there and charging the mound. I just wanted to know why in that situation … he was around the plate all night and throughout that inning … obviously with two outs and I get up to the plate and the first pitch is at my back.

I just wanted to go out there and get an answer. I had no intentions of charging the mound. I did step forward. Obviously, Eli [Whiteside], I guess from looking at his reaction, thought I was going to go and he started jumping around. Obviously, Polanco came in and he tackled Polanco. I think everything escalated from there.

“I just wanted to go out there and get an answer” strikes me as a pretty hilarious explanation of Victorino’s reaction, but regardless of his initial intentions the decision to rush back into the scrum after being held back by various people, including an umpire, will almost surely get Victorino suspended by MLB. He explained that part by saying: “I just felt like Carlos [Ruiz] was in a position like I needed to go in and help him get away from everything.”

Meanwhile, Victorino saying that Eli Whiteside “tackled Polanco” didn’t sit well with Polanco, who told Zolecki: “He didn’t tackle me.” And he’s right, since Whiteside never actually got Polanco to the ground. I commented on Twitter at the time that Whiteside showed some good linebacker instincts, but on second thought he was acting more like a fullback making a lead block than a linebacker making a tackle. Either way, not bad for someone who looks like a middle-aged insurance salesman.

Victorino, Polanco, Ruiz, and Whiteside are all in the lineup for today’s game, which starts in a couple hours.

  1. macjacmccoy - Aug 6, 2011 at 9:26 PM

    why you naming polanco and ruiz they didnt do anything wrong. Go watch Polancols reaction again he was going after Victorino not Ramirez or Whiteside. You could tell Polanco was shocked when whiteside tried to tackle him. Like what the hell is this 80 year man doing draped around my ankle?

    lol anyway it was funny and entertaining all around.

  2. halladaysbiceps - Aug 6, 2011 at 11:24 PM

    Next time there is a bench clearing brawl, you don’t want to mess with Chase Utley and his bat. It looked like he wasn’t playing around.

    Check out the below link:

    http://i1110.photobucket.com/albums/h460/ZooWithRoy/tumblr_lphp0pj1sL1qj7n14o1_500.gif

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