From Raul to Gravy
No matter who you talked to, clubhouse employees at the Mariners, writers from there, Seattle club officials and former teammates, all said Raul Ibanez is someone special, a “Jim Thome-type person.”
We got to experience that first-hand yesterday during a press conference at Citizens Bank Park. Alden Gonzalez captured it well on this site.
Two years ago in spring training, Pat Gillick felt that there was character in the Phillies clubhouse. “Character can carry you a long way when up have the ups and downs of a season,” he explained. We all know that that character carried the club to the 2008 World Championship and Ibanez will fit in perfectly.
While in town for some appearances, Charlie Manuel and Melissa, his fiancé, spent most of Tuesday is his Citizens Bank Park office. Together, they had a system for addressing holiday cards to friends and family. Melissa addressed the envelopes and Charlie signed the cards.
Charlie has spent about “8-9 days” at his Winter Haven home since Halloween. He’s not complaining. “Everywhere you go, restaurants, shipping, airports, airplanes, walking down the street, fans say ‘Thank you.’ There are Phillies fans wearing our colors everywhere. I knew we had fans but never this many,” he said.
He headed back home today but will return next month for more appearances, including some club functions.
Today is our ninth annual holiday dinner at Our Brother’s Place Homeless Facility in center city.
Members of the front office provided and prepared the meal: 23 turkeys, 28 containers of mashed potatoes, vegetables and more vegetables, rolls, salads and deserts.
Serving the food were David Montgomery, Ruben Amaro Jr., Milt Thompson, Larry Andersen, Dickie Noles, Bill Giles, Scott Palmer and Gene Dias.
“I’ve done this for years and learned it isn’t speed that is the most important, it is location, just as Jamie Moyer says,” philosophized Giles. “If that’s the case, why am I pouring gravy on the cranberry sauce?”
In addition, Phillies Charities, Inc., presented a $10,000 check to Our Brother’s Place Homeless Facility.