(Manny Acta is grateful that the Nats fired him last summer?)
Sounds like old friend Manny Acta is still a walking, talking motivational poster:
"I'm grateful they let me go so that I could come over here...I have an attitude of gratitude."
(Manny Acta, via MLB.com, 6/11/2010)
Nice one! Now, if you're looking for more Manny-speak, Nats News Network conducted an email interview with the ex-Nats manager, which is up over there this morning. Good stuff. In this excerpt, Manny reminds everyone he never complained about the crappy rosters Jim Bowden forced upon him:
Remember: if not for those crappy rosters, there would be no Strasmas, no Bryce Harper, and Manny Acta would probably still be employed by the Nationals. We also have an attitude of gratitude, Manny!
"I'm proud of what I accomplished in DC, I did my best, stayed true to myself, never complained about the rosters that I was handed, and most importantly: Never embarrassed The Nats, their fans or my family on or off the field."
(Manny Acta, via Nats News Network, 6/11/2010)
Meanwhile, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Indians sold another 2,000 tickets for Sunday's game, a.k.a. Strasburg II, for a grand total of 8,100 this week alone:
The Indians sold 2,000 more tickets for Sunday's game against the Nationals featuring Stephen Strasburg. They've sold 8,100 tickets this week for the game since it became official that the rookie right-hander, who struck out 14 Pirates in his big-league debut Tuesday, would face the Indians on Sunday. ...The advance ticket sale for the interleague game was 19,000.
(via Cleveland Plain Dealer, 6/11/2010)