Charlie Manuel didn't exactly go out on a limb like Jimmy Rollins did a couple of years ago -- the Phillies after all have been the class of the NL East for half a decade now -- but he did echo similar sentiments to J-Roll's at the beginning of this team's run.
"I think until somebody beats us, we're the team to beat. That's what I
think," Manuel said before the Phillies and Braves tied, 7-7, in
Philadelphia's Grapefruit League finale at Champion Stadium on Sunday.
"We ain't going to lay down for anybody. We've got a bunch of guys that
like to play. You can smack us. We're not going to turn the other cheek.
We're going to fight you back. We ain't going to lay down and die.
We've got some guys on our team that are going to make sure of that."
Obviously that pesky Cowboys' fan was a topic of interest.
"He was coming up and was getting booed. I was like, 'I can't take this picture.' So I nicely took his hat off and set it down and took the picture. He was cool with it. It was all in fun," Wentz said.