(Photo from chateau-animaux.com. It's not too late to order your dog a game-worn Nationals jersey for Sunday's Pups in the Park event!)
Manny knows dogs when he sees 'em.
According to Anonymous Sources with little to no knowledge of the situation, the Nationals will welcome Manny Acta back to Nationals Park on Sunday to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Pups in the Park Day-- where dog owners can pay $18 for their own ticket plus $5 bucks per dog to watch the game in a special section with their dog(s). Austin Kearns will reportedly catch Manny's pitch.
Acta reportedly told unnamed sources: "it will be fitting given that the quitting dogs on the field cost me my job this year. Riggleman takes over and they show a little effort? What gives?" Sources tell the Nationals Enquirer that Felipe Lopez and Daniel Cabrera turned down invitations to throw out the first pitch before an invitation was extended to Acta.
Stan Kasten, unavailable for comment.
Unfortunately for dog lovers, it appears that the the event is sold out. The event page now says:
Thank you for your interest in Pups in the Park! Due to the high demand and our limited seating capacity, tickets are now SOLD OUT for both dates.
We hope to expand and grow the event next season, so please check back in the 2010 season for more information.
The good news is, there are still plenty of good seats available to Sunday's game. You just won't be able to bring your dog.