Behind The Scenes
October 10, 2007
As everyone knows by now, Charlie Manuel has a new two-year extension, something he earned and deserves. There’s no doubt he kept the ship afloat this season when there were a lot of leaks.
Thought you might be interested in what went on behind the scenes before this morning’s 10 o’clock press conference.
Charlie’s representative, Pat Rooney, met with Pat Gillick, Ruben Amaro Jr. and Mike Arbuckle yesterday. Discussions went back and forth and by the end of the work day (5:30), there was no agreement. About an hour later, Gillick called me to say the discussions were moving forward.
Some members of the media got wind of the discussions. Once we got to the finish line (around 7:10 p.m.), the decision was made to make an announcement through a press release right away and then have a media conference this morning. With media outlets rushing to put the announcement on their websites, there was no way we could hold an announcement until today.
We also sent the release immediately to our E-Mail Club (221,259 members). Communicating with those fans is very important, in our eyes.
Several writers caught up to Charlie last night but the bulk of the media didn’t get to chat with him until this a.m.
One thing we try to do is make announcements on phillies.com first. It isn’t always easy, especially if you are announcing a trade and another team is involved. When it is an announcement strictly from the Phillies, we can pop it first on our website. That said, the Inquirer beat us to the punch last night, having something on their site before we could get it posted. Most of the time ESPN.com beats everyone. Last night, ESPN.com finished third.
So, in the future, check this site for the latest-breaking news. Or, better yet, sign up to be an E-Mail Club member.