Manuel offered that he took exception to the questioner from Tuesday night's heated exchange, 610 WIP's Howard Eskin, rather than the particular question about Manuel's motivational tactics for a struggling team. The Phillies' manager has been a favorite target
of Eskin since being hired in November 2004.
"I don't know what to say about that, really," Manuel said. "I got questioned to who I was as a
man and how tough I was, and the only way to know how tough I am is have to witness it or feel it."
Manuel also conceded that the confrontation had been coming.
"That's been going on close to three years," he said. "As a person, if you ridicule me -- first
of all, he doesn't know who I am or anything about me, and I don't know him. I don't listen to his show.
He can say anything he wants about me and can call me names. ... Yeah, I take offense. He went over the
line. He's been going over the line for three years."
Such confrontations like this are nothing new to Manuel, whether it's on the field, in the locker
room or on the golf course. If the excitable skipper -- nicknamed "Red Devil" in Japan because of his
temper -- has something to say, he's going to say it.
"That's the part that sometimes gets to me, because when I first started managing, I used to
slam guys on a wall. I had no problem doing that. I'm 63 years old now, but at the same time, I have
the same passion. It all gets back to people don't take the time to know me. They see me around the
ballpark and say, 'Look, there's good-time Charlie or take-it-easy Charlie, laid-back Charlie, uncle
Charlie, grandpa Charlie ... whatever. The only way you get to know somebody is to be around them, then
make up your own mind.
Manuel, whose niece graduated from Virginia Tech last year and who has a neighbor with a child in grad school there, wore a Hokies hat in deference to the victims
of Monday's shootings. The host Nationals wore Virginia Tech hats
as a team in their loss to the Braves on Tuesday.
Philling in: Right-handed pitchers Clay Condrey and J.D. Durbin cleared waivers Wednesday and were outrighted
to Triple-A Ottawa. Condrey has 72 hours to report to the team, while Durbin will work out with the
extended Spring Training team in Clearwater, Fla., before reporting. ... Only two teams since 1951's
New York Giants have started 3-9 made the postseason, according to research done by ESPN's Jayson
Stark. They are the 1974 Pirates and 2000 Giants.
Left-hander Jamie Moyer has crafted a 3.55 ERA in two starts so far this season. He
uncharacteristically hit three batters in his previous outing against the Mets on April 12, though that can be attributed in part to the cold weather. He's making his 16th start against the Expos/Nationals,
and is 6-4 with a 3.03 ERA. Washington will counter with John Patterson (0-2, 7.07 ERA) in the Thursday's 1:05 p.m. ET start.