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Charlie Manuel may have been relieved from his position as the manager of the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday, but that doesn’t mean he no longer feels an obligation to his fans.

So just one day after Manuel left Citizens Bank Park with his dignity and a Wawa hoagie, there he was, at the Granite Run Mall, signing autographs for fans eager to meet the ex-skipper.

"It's very emotional, everything about it," Manuel told CSN Philly in the video above. "It's good to see every one of [the fans]. I love every one of them. And all of them are Phillies fans, and that makes it even better."

It’s not the first time since Manuel got canned that he received a warm welcome from fans. Apparently, he also got a warm reception at an Italian restaurant outside Philly on the eve of his firing — which seems fair given that the man did lead the Phillies to one of just two World Series championships in franchise history:

But before we give denture-poppin' Uncle Charlie too much credit for honoring his commitment to Saturday’s autograph event, let’s keep this in mind:

Fans were paying anywhere from $50 to $65 per item for Manuel to sign, according to Philly.com, and though he "didn't just go through the motions," according to the report, the recently unemployed Manuel surely will go through the motions of cashing that check.

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