(AP Photo. Before today's game, Manny Acta daydreams about how nice it will be to have the rest of the summer off, and wonders whether he'd be allowed to board the team charter to NY after todays game. Reportedly, Manny got on that plane. Sources won't confirm or deny if he got off that plane.)
It's Always Something.
Rays 8, Nats 3 (Saturday): Jason Bergmann (single, single, homer, walk, homer) makes Manny pay on his way out the door in nightmare 6th; Colome, too. Zimmermann gets yanked early, deserved better.
Rays 5, Nats 4: (Sunday): That old, familiar feeling. Manny Acta's final game as Manager of the Washington Nationals, a loss - game winning hit by Tampa on a routine grounder to third that hit the bag. Seems oddly fitting.
Chico Harlan/Nationals Journal reports that the Nats let Manny on the plane to NY earlier this evening...
After today's game, the elephant remained in the room. Manny Acta has in fact boarded the team plane, heading to New York for the upcoming series against the Yankees
...but we wouldn't put it past Stan Kasten and Mike Rizzo to push Manny out the door of the plane at 10,000 feet somewhere along the flight up the East Coast.
Thanks for the memories, Manny.