(AP Photo. Remember that time Manny Acta argued a call with umpires? That was awesome. It was August 12, 2008, against the Mets.)
"I thank the Nationals for giving me this opportunity and I'm sorry that things didn't work out as expected. It's normal for the manager to pay the price when the team is not doing well."
(Manny Acta, via ESPNDeportes dot com, 7/12/2009)
Nationals Fire Manny Acta
It's over. Manny Acta Era ends at 158-252.
It's just like our Anonymous, unnamed sources with no knowledge of the situation told us all along. They had to do something; but it's unlikely a new manager will change much of anything. Good luck, Jim Riggleman - you'll need it.
Now, we're just waiting for details on how the Nats botched the delivery of the news to Manny. Did they send via carrier pigeon? Text message? Smoke signals? Pizza delivery guy?
Best of luck to you in the future, Manny. Good thing the Wilpons have that job waiting for you in NY for next year! See you around the NL East...