Manuel slams Ruiz for not covering field with tarp after game
Updated: November 2, 2009

By Zaki,

The Phillies took another awful loss to the Yankees on Sunday and while several thousand things went wrong for the Fightins during the game, it may have been what didn’t happen after the game that set Charlie Manuel off the most: Someone at Citizen’s Bank Ballpark forgot to roll the tarp out onto the field.

“That’s the catcher’s responsibility in that situation,” Manuel said of Carlos Ruiz, although several members of the grounds crew were spotted closer to the tarp with nothing else to do after the game. “He’s faster than most of the grounds crew and I think he’s got to know that when there’s rain in the area, he’s got to be the guy to make sure the field is covered at night.”

Ruiz, who has only struck out five times in 93 career postseason at bats, will bat eighth again for the Phillies in Game 5 despite being one of the only hitters to lay off of balls thrown well outside of our planet’s orbit on a consistent basis.

Zaki is the Chief Rocka and senior writer for

One Response to “Manuel slams Ruiz for not covering field with tarp after game”

  1. Chucko on August 25th, 2010 10:47 pm

    Zaki, you are a genius! i’ve been laughing my ass off all night reading your stories!

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