LOS ANGELES -- The whirlwind continues for Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel, who was to fly overnight Wednesday from the Phillies' National League pennant celebration to Virginia for his mother's funeral.
While the rest of the Phillies were to charter home, the club was to provide the manager with a private plane bound for Roanoke, Va. Manuel's mother, June, died on Friday at a hospital in Virginia before Game 2 of the NLCS. She was 87.
Manuel said he figured to land in Virginia on Thursday morning in time for the viewing, where he will join his five brothers and five sisters. The funeral is scheduled for Friday, and several members of the Phillies' organization are expected to attend.
Manuel will return to Philadelphia after that. He said late Wednesday that the Phillies will work out on Friday and Saturday, take Sunday off and then fly Monday morning to either Tampa Bay or Boston. The club then will work out later Monday and again on Tuesday in preparation for Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday.
This undoubtedly is one of the most emotional times of his life on several levels, and when Wednesday's
Victory was in the books, Manuel, 64, alternately was reflective, thrilled and, as he often is, funny.
In describing Matt Kemp's drive that sent Shane Victorino to the center-field wall to haul it in with the Phillies leading 5-1, one on and one out in the ninth, Manuel said: "Mother Nature kept it in the yard tonight. You've got to have her on your side, too."
In the moments after the game ended, Manuel immediately hugged Victorino and several other Phillies -- though he couldn't remember whom he hugged first.
"It wasn't a woman, I know that," he quipped.
He also spoke at length of his team, in emotional terms.
"The attitude of this team is off the charts," Manuel said. "It's the best I've ever been around. And I totally mean that."