Friday, October 31, 2003

Manny Overboard

The Inquirer continues to beat the Daily News in off-season Phillies coverage. Jim Salisbury checks in today with the hardly surprising news that the Phils have no interest in either the paychecks or the baggage that comes with the recently waived Manny Ramirez's talent. The DN reports Ramirez's dumping by the Red Sox, but doesn't localize the story.

Both papers yesterday reported that Aramark would join former Phillie Garry Maddox's company in providing the food, beverage, and retail concessions and Citizens Bank Park (the Inky's much more comprehensive story includes a CBP update; the DN's effort is weaker). One hopes that the CBP Aramark experience will include employees who can think sufficiently outside the box to put peppers and onions on a cheesesteak if asked.

Anyway, as both stories note, CBP will include a year-round restaurant, McFadden's Restaurant and Saloon, and fans will be permitted to bring external food and beverages into the venue.

In addition, the Inquirer's Todd Zolecki filed a no-surprise story yesterday about Kevin Millwood's filing for free agency. The Phillies "still have interest" in Millwood, says GM Ed Wade, but I'm growing increasingly convinced that the Scott Boras-represented righthander won't be worth whatever he signs for, whether here or elsewhere.


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