Flight Confirmation Email Tips Off Braves Manager That He'd Been Fired
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There's an old saying in baseball – managers are hired to get fired. It’s inevitable.
And the first casualty of the season was Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez, whose team lost their first nine games of the season and are currently 9-29, the worst record in Major League Baseball.
Rumors has been swirling for weeks that Gonzalez would be fired, and the hammer dropped on Monday.
And in the most old-fashioned of sports, Gonzalez found out in a new-fangled way.
From an airline confirmation email.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Gonzalez had just managed the Braves to another loss on Monday night, 8-5, to the Pittsburgh Pirates. That was the first game of a four-game series in Pittsburgh that wasn’t scheduled to end until Thursday, when the Braves were then booked on flights to fly to Philadelphia, where they would play the Phillies in three games over the weekend.
But late Monday night, Gonzalez received an email from an airline – presumably Delta Air Lines, since the carrier’s headquarters are in Atlanta and the airline already has an existing contract with the Braves to fly the team year-round – confirming his flight from Pittsburgh back home to Atlanta for Tuesday.
It was at that moment that Gonzalez realized he had been fired and began making calls about the email he received.
According to the AJC, Braves management originally was going to fire Gonzalez on Tuesday morning and then fly him back to Atlanta.
But the email confirmation suddenly made the situation awkward, if not downright bizarre, and Atlanta’s front office was forced to come clean and actually fire Gonzalez late Monday night.
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