We're going to hear from pretty much everyone ever associated with the Charlie Manuel era over the next few days, sharing their thoughts and reflecting on what a great guy Charlie is and how much he loved the game. Obviously we plan on sharing some of our favorites.
One guy's view that jumped out at us today came from enemy territory, that of current Washington National Jayson Werth who is down playing the Braves in Atlanta. Werth, of course, is forever a member of the 2008 WFC Philadelphia Phillies and Manuel played a huge role in helping Werth become the player he is today.
Werth called Manuel "The best manager I ever played for" and apparently went on for some time talking about Charlie. His thoughts on how Chase Utley epitomized what Charlie loved about the game were what made us feel the need to share. From the Washington Times, which has much more of Werth on Charlie worth checking out:
“Those guys were strong personalities, kind of lead by example, you know?” he said. “I think if Charlie could adopt Chase Utley I think he probably would. He loves him that much. He loves the way he plays. That was the mantra there. Chase was the model of who Charlie really wanted everybody to play like. Plays hard, plays the right way, keeps his mouth shut. Just fall in line. It wasn’t that hard.”
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The Eagles have signed former Dolphins offensive guard Dallas Thomas to a reserve/futures contract.
Thomas, 27, was drafted by the Dolphins in the third round (No. 77) out of Tennessee in 2013 and was with them until this past season.
In his four-year career, Thomas has played in 37 games with 26 starts. He started nine games in 2014 and started all 16 games at left guard in 2015.
Thomas (6-5, 315 pound) and 2014 third-rounder Billy Turner were both released in October after a poor showing agains the Titans. While Thomas was the team's starter at left guard in 2015, rookie Laremy Tunsil took over that position with the Dolphins in 2016.
In 2015, when Thomas started all 16 games at left guard, he was ranked as the worst guard in football by ProFootballFocus. He gave up 10 sacks, 10 QB hits and 36 QB hurries.
Mike Trout sure does win a lot when the Eagless beat the Cowboys.
Not only did the Los Angeles Angels outfielder get a touchdown ball from Carson Wentz during the Eagles win over the Cowboys to cap off the season, but he also won a bet on the game with a friend.
Turns out, Trout had some sort of bet with DJ Cottrell, whose Twitter profile says he is from Trout's hometown of Millville, NJ. Cottrell is likely a Cowboys fan and came up on the losing end.
"The fact I have to wear an entire Eagles uniform to the gym for a week is going to be the death of me," he Tweeted on Tuesday.
Then he posted a photo of himself in the ridiculous football uniform while posing alongside Trout.
It's good to be Mike Trout. Not so much a Dallas Cowboys fan these days.