Phillies Manager To WIP's Eskin: Put Up Your Dukes
April 18, 2007 at 10:36 AM (PT)
ESPN reports that after the PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES were drubbed 8-1 by the NEW YORK METS on TUESDAY night, manager CHARLIE MANUEL blew his top in his office, letting loose with a profane tirade and challenging CBS Sports WIP-A talk show host HOWARD ESKIN, a longtime critic of MANUEL, to a fight. Later, in the team clubhouse, he had to be restrained from going after ESKIN by two PHILLIES coaches.
In an interview on ESPN2's "Cold Pizza," ESKIN acknowledged he doesn't think MANUEL is a good manager, but says his opinion is based on MANUEL's game management and isn't personal. "His problem shouldn't be with me, it should be with the players who are ultimately going to get him fired," ESKIN said.
ESKIN said when he got to MANUEL's office, the manager was waiting for him with a challenge. "I don't like what you've been saying about me for three years, and I'm gonna drop your ass right there," ESKIN quoted MANUEL as saying.