Monday, July 13, 2009
The Most Charismatic Of Men
Manny Acta is a very thoughtful person, full of depth and character. Not a one-dimensional baseball man, Manny can hold his own in conversation about news worthy events off the field of play with anyone. A complete person who will now not finish what he was hired for--to make DC Major League Baseball a success.
The "Most Charismatic Of Men" fired today by Our Washington Nationals.
The African Queen and I quite saddened to hear the news. A loss came early this off-day, one greater than the 61 already witnessed so far this year.
You can argue that Manny fielded a team of mismatched parts. You can argue he threw out a defensive lineup that continually couldn't make the routine play. And you can argue that Our Bullpen was harboring on becoming one of the worst relief corps of all time. And you would right on all counts.
But you can't say it's all Manny Acta's fault.
You can question some of his managerial moves. You can question some of his lineups. You can prefer to see a more fiery temper shown out on the field of play by Our Field Manager. You can argue he should have protected his players more in any game. That's all fair game too.
But you could never convince us that Former General Manager Jim Bowden gave Manny the proper tools to work with. Nor that Interim GM Mike Rizzo has had enough time to correct many of those mistakes. A Franchise still in it's infancy, is now rebooting, changing direction, looking for a new compass setting.
Work now commencing without one of the most respected young men in baseball--Manny Acta. From the very first day of his hiring, Manny was a class act. He never put himself above the team, nor even Our Fans. Has there ever been a manager more in tune with listening and getting to know the fan base? We doubt it.
Always friendly, always willing to talk, Manny's profoundness was always refreshing--honesty that will be missed. So will his wonderful smile.
A well-rounded man, Manny always held his head up high and never publicly disparaged anyone. In this day and time--that type of bold restraint should be appreciated--not ridiculed and run out of town. Nasty words written about him just to hurt--"Get lost, Go Away, We Don't Need You Any More" (and that's just the more kind stuff).
Embarrassing is the way Manny Acta has been treated in the public eye of late. Shame brought forth by those that just like to hurt--not realizing, or caring about, the human being behind the uniform.
Our Washington Nationals have let go their manager this day for the second time in the five years since baseball returned to Washington, DC. This firing more heart-wrenching than when Frank Robinson was let go in 2006. Sorrowful, because Manny Acta was brought on board to be The New Face Of Our Fresh Franchise in 2007. He quickly became the Standard Bearer for all that was to be good about Major League Baseball finding it's home in Washington, DC.
Instead, many a moves not of his own doing, has led to his downfall.
Our Washington Nationals are lesser today because a good person was relieved of his job. A dignified man that was deserving of better took the fall. All of Manny's insight and accumulated intelligence could not save him from all that is wrong with Our Washington Nationals. Our Number 14 is no longer our manager, but we would bet, Manny Acta walks away this day a better person than when he arrived--someone whom all of us should learn from.
Classy until the very end--Sohna and I will miss Manny Acta. "The Most Charismatic Of Men" briefly entered our lives these past few years and we are better for it. Sohna and I will always love him for his compassion, his knowledge, his depth of life itself.
Good character means a lot to us. Few we respect more than you--Manny Acta.
Good Luck Manny. Never ones to toss aside friendships lightly, we will always be by your side.