By Lesley Van Arsdall
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The day after he was dismissed by the Phillies, Charlie Manuel was greeting fans and signing autographs at the Granite Run Mall.READ MORE: Flyers' Keith Yandle Ties Doug Jarvis' NHL Iron Man Streak At 964 Straight Games
Given the circumstances, most people would probably not have honored that commitment , but not Charlie. He was supposed to stay an hour and a half, yet spent nearly two and a half hours there. That’s just how Charlie is, a class act.READ MORE: Nicholas Bednarek Identified As Man Killed In Cheltenham Crash That Injured 4 Other Teens
It shouldn’t have ended the way it did for Charlie. Fired just days after he won his 1,000th game as a major league manage, Manuel is the most successful manager in Phillies history: almost nine years and 780 wins and a World Series title. He was handed a team with a depleted bullpen, an aging core and a team completely dependent on its starting rotation. What more could he have done?MORE NEWS: Police Believe Suburban Philadelphia Homes Being Targeted By Organized Theft Ring: 'You Don't Think Of It Happening Here'
Ryne Sandberg, good luck.