What keeps Manuel calm? His roots

Mets manager remains grounded through thoughts of his humble past

Updated: June 14, 2010, 3:59 PM ET
By Johnette Howard | ESPNNewYork.com

The photograph is large and mounted in a black wood frame and it hangs in a conspicuous spot in Mets manager Jerry Manuel's office at Citi Field, just to the right of the doorway as you walk in. The image is a color shot of a ramshackle one-story cabin fronted by a narrow, elevated sitting porch and cement-block stairs that zigzag up a little from a scruffy patch of grass to meet the porch. The wood siding is worn and uneven; some of it's painted, some not. The house's roof line sags a ...

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