Prior to the start of the World Series, much was made of the supposed advantage the Phils had over the Yankees since Manuel was an experienced World Series manager and this was Girardi's first fall classic.
It's an advantage that up to now hasn't materialized, with the Yankees owning a 2-1 lead over the Phillies. The thing is, it's not as though the game is any different in late October/early November than it is the rest of the year. Were there supposed to be special World Series rules that Manuel has mastered but would catch Girardi totally off-guard?
Joe Buck: And Manuel has taken the ball from Cole Hamels and, yep, he's signaling with his right hand, that means they're bringing in the giraffe."
Tim McCarver: That's right Joe. It seems Girardi's a little flummoxed over there in the Yankees dugout. You see, in the World Series you are allowed to have one farm animal on the active roster. A little known rule that the more experienced post-season manager, Manuel, has taken advantage of.
Joe Buck: You're right Tim. Girardi clearly is unsure of how to respond to this brilliant move by Manuel.
Spare me. Having managed in one World Series has not given Manuel any sort of advantage over Girardi. You know what has given one of these managers a real advantage? Having a better pitching staff. That's why we're leading 2-1 right now.