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Day after mother's funeral, Manuel back with World Series-bound Phillies

Updated: October 18, 2008, 11:03 PM ET
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA -- Charlie Manuel has been second-guessed on talk radio, critiqued in print and booed by those often-disharmonious Phillies fans.

There were even days after tough losses when June Manuel would call her son with some motherly advice. Tell those Phillies to bear down, really get after it, and go win some games.

Manuel's aw-shucks demeanor breaks out when he recalled what he told his mother.

"OK, mom, I'll let you come to talk to them then," said Manuel, with a laugh.

Manuel's ...

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