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Charlie Manuel and the Olympian

Feb 12, 2014, 9:24 AM EDT

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Here’s a nice, somewhat sad story from the Philly Inquirer. It’s about Charlie Manuel’s friendship and support of Olympian Katie Uhlaender, who competes on the U.S. skeleton team. Manuel was a minor league teammate and lifelong friend of her father — former Indians coach Ted Uhlaender — who died of cancer in 2009.

Uhlaender has suffered multiple injuries in the past few years and is not a favorite at Sochi (skeleton competition begins tomorrow), but she is a favorite of Manuel’s.

(Thanks to ‘Cepts for the heads up)

  1. nbjays - Feb 12, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Cue the Philly Phaithful complaining of Craig somehow subtly and subliminally trolling Phillies fans in this post, in 3… 2… 1…

  2. jlinatl - Feb 12, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    Revered in Philly and rightfully so.

  3. sethcohenplayedsomeball - Feb 12, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    The link is a must read in my humble opinion, and if it doesn’t bring at least a brief tear to your eye, call someone and have them check for a pulse. Katie is a Champion, medal or not, and it would be a privilege and an honor to be a teammate of hers in any sport. Having heard wonderful first-hand stories about Mr. Manuel the teammate and Manager/Coach, it is easy to see why he is so revered throughout baseball, as he should be.

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