Manuel sticks around for autographs

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

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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

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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,

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target="_blank">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.