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  1. Charlie Manuel: State Marbles Champion in Sixth Grade

    Sep 22, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    According to Manuel, he won the Virginia State Championship in Marbles as a sixth grader. Apparently it rained that day, and instead of playing on grass outdoors as usual, the contest was moved inside and was played on concrete, a surface Charlie had never played on before.

  2. The 2011 Phillies Killer of the Year

    Sep 22, 2011, 12:34 PM EDT

    The list of Phillies killers is always an interesting one. Sometimes they’re legit studs who simply play well against the Phillies while other times they’re scrubs with former ties to the team like Rod F’ing Barajas.

  3. It’s Not October Just Yet, But Are You Worried?

    Sep 22, 2011, 10:59 AM EDT

    Ahh, Charlie. He’s not angry just yet, but you sense it’s getting closer. Like October. Manuel was asked a rather unique question last night about whether this poor play and losing streak is better to happen now than in October. Charlie was nice enough to answer the question.

  4. Vanimal Making Possible Final Start of Season As Phils Battle Nats, Rain

    Sep 21, 2011, 5:52 PM EDT

    The Phillies are back at it tonight as they attempt to finish up their final two regular season home games on a better foot. Hunter Pence is out of the lineup again and had an MRI that shows a patellar tendon strain. He says he’s fine and should play this weekend, although if it were…

  5. Let Charlie Manuel Tell You Something…

    Sep 20, 2011, 11:49 PM EDT

    This is kinda what we needed to hear after the Phils dropped both games of a day-night doubleheader on Tuesday…

  6. Video: Chase Utley’s Bare-handed Clinch of the 2011 NL East

    Sep 20, 2011, 11:37 PM EDT

    A nice fan video of Chase Utley’s bare-handed play for the final out to clinch the 2011 NL East championship.

  7. Video: Phillies Clinch 2011 NL East Crown On Utley’s Bare-handed Play

    Sep 20, 2011, 11:33 PM EDT

    A nice fan video of Chase Utley’s bare-handed play for the final out to clinch the 2011 NL East championship.

  8. Lee out to Stop Day-Night Sweep, Pence Absent from Lineup

    Sep 20, 2011, 6:28 PM EDT

    After dropping the first leg of today’s day-night double header against the Washington Nationals, the Phillies will turn to Cliff Lee this evening to hopefully secure the club’s 99th victory of the season.

  9. Phillies’ Subs Battle Hard, Drop First Game of Double Header

    Sep 20, 2011, 4:49 PM EDT

    Fielding what was more or less a Triple-A baseball team with some major league pinch-hitting and relief, the Philadelphia Phillies dropped the first game of their day-night double header against the Washington Nationals by a final score of 4-3 in ten innings.

  10. Eric Kratz: Dio Fan

    Sep 20, 2011, 1:52 PM EDT

    In his first at bat as a Phillie, catcher Eric Kratz tugs at our heartstrings by reminding us of a young Pat Burrell.

  11. Another Wet Double Header On Tap Today

    Sep 20, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    The Phillies final home series of the 2011 regular season kicks off with a double header today against the Washington Nationals and guess what? Rain is in the forecast. Not only could today’s doubleheader once again be impacted by rain, but you’re getting a beast of a lineup out of Charlie Manuel’s Phils in game one.

  12. Charlie Manuel’s Not About to Jump Off the Walt Whitman Bridge

    Sep 19, 2011, 10:41 PM EDT

    Relax Phillies fans. There’s no reason to freak out after the Fightins dropped three of for to the Cards. Charlie Manuel isn’t going to go start jumping off any bridges.

  13. Phils, Doc Look for Series Split with Cards

    Sep 19, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

    It’s understandable if the Phillies were a bit sluggish on Sunday night against the Cardinals after celebrating their division crown on Saturday night. Now that we’re two nights removed from the champagne popping however, and with Roy Halladay on the mound, it’s time to focus on fine tuning the machine for the postseason.

  14. Ryan Howard: ‘Let’s Go Celebrate with the People!’

    Sep 18, 2011, 3:18 AM EDT

    My favorite of the night was after Ryan Howard finished explaining to reporters that he’s done this celebration thing once or twice so he knows the regular swimming goggles won’t cut it. The Big Piece “came correct” last night and was donning ski goggles that provide much more coverage, he says. Howard finished his brief chat with reporters and shouted to nobody in particular, “Let’s go celebrate with the people!”

  15. Phils Are Trained At Saying the Right Things

    Sep 18, 2011, 1:35 AM EDT

    After all these years, Chase, Jimmy, Brad and company know how to say the right thing.

  16. Hunter Pence Soaks It In

    Sep 17, 2011, 11:34 PM EDT

    Pence stood out. And not just because he’s so damn tall. When he came out from the clubhouse with the rest of a team, he led the crowd in a “Let’s Go Eat!” chant.

  17. Audio: Scott Franzke Calls the Final Out

    Sep 17, 2011, 11:00 PM EDT

    Scott Franzke calls the final out of the Phillies Cardinals game as the Phillies clinched their fifth straight National League East Championship

  18. The Phillies Are Your 2011 NL East Champs Behind Oswalt’s Gem

    Sep 17, 2011, 10:11 PM EDT

    The Phillies defeated the Cardinals 9-2 on Saturday night to lock up their fifth-straight NL East crown. It’s only one step in this team’s quest for a World Series Championship, but it’s an accomplishment that the team doesn’t take for granted. Yes, the core guys like Jimmy, Chase, Ryan, Cole, Chooch, Madson and Shane have had the pleasure of celebrating a handful of these together, but as Charlie Manuel said on Friday, it gets better every time.

  19. Just Clinch Already: Roy Oswalt vs. Jake Westbrook

    Sep 17, 2011, 6:48 PM EDT

    With the Braves defeating the Mets earlier in the afternoon, the Phillies need to defeat the St. Louis Cardinals to be crowned NL East Champs for the fifth-straight season.

  20. Wasted Ice: Phils Can’t Clinch As Bastardo Stumbles Again

    Sep 16, 2011, 10:53 PM EDT

    CITIZENS BANK PARK — The New York Mets delivered on Friday night. The best team in baseball did not.

    They sure did make it interesting though.

  21. Muffin Men Sign Outside Phillies Broadcast Workroom

    Sep 16, 2011, 3:16 PM EDT

    Hanging on the door to the Phillies Broadcast Workroom is a sign that reads “Muffin Men” in homage to the great Chris Wheeler.

  22. Cliff Lee So Close! But Phillies Still Walkoff Win in Extras

    Sep 15, 2011, 10:17 PM EDT

    Cliff Lee was brilliant on Thursday night, but came one pitch away from his 7th complete game shutout of the season. Thankfully, the bats that were silent all night provided the winning run in extras.

  23. Citizens Bank Park Rainbow

    Sep 15, 2011, 7:15 PM EDT

    In between game one and game two of the Phillies double header against the Marlins on Thursday. Taken at roughly 7:05 p.m. There’s an NL East crown at the end of that rainbow hiding somewhere behind CBP. Photo via the mother of The700Level.

  24. Phils Win Game One, Turn to Cliff Lee Tonight to Inch Closer to NL East Crown

    Sep 15, 2011, 6:12 PM EDT

    In order for the Phillies to clinch the NL East crown on Friday, they need a win tonight against the Marlins, a win tomorrow against the Cardinals, and a Braves loss tomorrow night against the Mets in a game that starts at 7:35.

  25. Pete Orr’s ‘Ultimate Sno-cone’ Grab

    Sep 15, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

    Pete Orr isn’t exactly of the same pedigree as Chase Utley, but damn if he didn’t make two fantastic defensive plays in the first game against the Marlins on Thursday.