The following message was transmitted electronically to supporters of Jerry Manuel overnight:
I have some important news I want to make official.
I've chosen Scott Schoeneweis, Aaron Heilman, Pedro Feliciano, Brian Stokes and Luis Ayala to be my closer.
The bullpen and I will appear as running mates this evening in Flushing, New York — the same place this campaign began more than four months ago.
I'm excited about hitting the ninth-inning trail with the bullpen, but the six of us can't do this alone. We need our entire rotation's and offense's help to keep building this movement for first place.
Thanks for your support,
P.S. — Make sure to turn on your TV at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time to join us or watch in person at Shea Stadium.