Charlie Manuel ran like the wind over the weekend. Then he went back to his stall in the barn.
That's because Charlie Manuel is a horse -- a horse named after the Phillies' former manager and owner of a plaque out on the team's Wall of Fame in Ashburn Alley.
In a funny coincidence, Charlie Manuel (the equine) ran in his first race over the weekend not too far from Philadelphia over in Bensalem on the same weekend his namesake was being honored at Citizens Bank Park.
The event produced sports writing like this:
Charlie Manuel didn't break well. He had to come from the back in the seven-furlong race. But he got there, easily, winning by 33/4 lengths.
It also got the horse's owners an invite into Big Chuck's suite at the Phillies game and a meeting with Mike Schmidt and Roy Halladay.
The lesson here, I suppose, is that if you ever have the opportunity to own a very expensive race horse, you should name it after some former Phillies legend that could maybe invite you to his suite at a ball game sometime.
Sal Fasano was a mudder.
Proud the Zachneys honored me with a namesake - made prouder when he won his first race! Great fans, awesome family! pic.twitter.com/p0ZARXkCXw— Charlie Manuel (@CMBaseball41) August 12, 2014