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Can someone give Charlie Manuel a ride to the ballpark?

Can someone give Charlie Manuel a ride to the ballpark? Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel has had an incredibly impressive three-year run. Manuel led the Phils to their first World Series title since 1980, while capturing two consecutive National League Championships along the way. Tuesday night, he conquered yet another milestone by managing the NL to victory in the 2010 All-Star Game.  The 3-1 triumph was the Senior Circuit’s first midsummer win since 1996.  

As a result of these accomplishments, the 66-year-old has finally earned the collective respect of peers and fans alike.  

Despite reaching this lofty perch, some folks still may not consider Manuel a true titan of baseball, while others may not even recognize him, as witnessed on Monday outside of the Anaheim Marriott Hotel, where the All-Star personnel stayed during the annual event.

Manuel wanted to leave for the ballpark early. While most players and coaches were transported to Angel Stadium via the normal charter bus operation, and others, like Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez, chose to be chauffeured by a pre-arranged luxury automobile, Manuel couldn’t get a ride, for he had not reserved any form of luxury transportation and the buses were not scheduled to depart until later that day.

After attempting to secure a ride from the assembled chauffeurs and clearly getting nowhere (scene pictured below), the celebrated manager walked by himself to the cab line (also pictured below), to stand in line with everyone else. He almost certainly was the only All-Star whose stadium journey did not involve a police escort (picture below).

Charlie Manuel may have reached the summit of the baseball world, but, at least in this case, the achievement did not guarantee the perks that usually accompany this rarified level of status.  



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Sandy's picture

I'm not a Phillies fan, but for someone of his stature?  That's just wrong....

Jon Rapoport has spent his career working on all sides of the media and sports industry. He began his career at ESPN in studio production at the ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut. While there, he won an Emmy for his contribution to "SportsCenter." Following his tenure at ESPN, Jon relocated to Los Angeles, joining the staff of the “Best Damn Sports Show” on FOX Sports Net.

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