I’m not usually a huge boo-er, but I do think Phillies skipper Charlie Manuel deserves to get booed mercilessly the next time he’s introduced at a Reds game for his questionable HOMER selection of Ryan Howard to the National League All-Star squad – even though our man Joey Votto has better numbers – in addition to, as pointed out by Jeff Passan of Yahoo!, his inexplicable selection of Omar Infante instead of Votto.
Votto – .313, 19 HR, 57 RBI, 53 runs, 7 SB, .988 OPS (leads NL)
Howard – .296, 15 HR, 58 RBI, 52 runs, 0 SB, .859 OPS
A. Gonzalez (players’ pick) – .295, 16 HR, 51 RBI, 43 runs, 0 SB, .902 OPS
Infante – .311, 1 HR, 22 RBI, 23 runs, 3 SB, .721 OPS
Unfortunately, the Phillies don’t return to Great American Ball Park this season. They were just here last week, and what I wouldn’t give to turn back time, go back to the game I attended last week (which, unfortunately, was the one we lost in extra innings after none other than VOTTO himself hit a 3-run homer to tie it in the bottom of the ninth against Manuel and the Phils) and boo the crap out of him. Thanks for not holding a grudge though, Charlie; I’m sure it tore you up that you didn’t get as much beauty sleep after Votto extended the game an extra half-hour or so.
Anyway, here’s what we’re going to need. For those Reds fans who will be lucky enough to be in attendance in Philly when we play the Phillies this week (Thursday through Sunday), we’re going to need you to let Charlie hear it. But you may need to be a little discrete about it because some Philly fans are pretty crazy and might puke on you if they hear you booing their skipper.
The rest of us will have to boo our TV sets. And wait for next year’s schedule to come out to see when the Phillies will be here. IF Manuel even makes it to next year with the team. (I mean, they could be back to a .500 team after we sweep them this week, and they have big expectations in Philly.) And vote for Votto, of course.
Note: “Operation: Manuel Override” – Gotta give credit, where credit is due.