Manuel takes note of Phillies' hustle

Manuel takes note of Phillies' hustle

Manuel takes note of Phillies' hustle
PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies manager Charlie Manuel loved the hustle Shane Victorino and Placido Polanco showed in Wednesday's 7-6 comeback victory over Colorado.

He hopes to see more of it.

"That shows how the game should still be played," Manuel said.

Of course, that isn't reality. Some players simply do not run hard down the line during every at-bat. In fact, Manuel said he can name only one player in baseball that he sees run hard down the line every at-bat.

"The left fielder for Washington," said Manuel, referring to rookie Bryce Harper.

What about Chase Utley?

"Yeah, but he hasn't been playing," Manuel said. "Stop and think about that. I've seen guys come to the big leagues young and be tremendous players and all of a sudden they'll run about halfway down the line."

Manuel says players tell him they don't run hard because, "'The season is 162 games, everybody else does it,' things like that. If you want to ask me why you accept it, I guess there's 29 other teams that accept it, too. Do I like it? I think you know my answer."