Having waited until mid-season, the Philadelphia Phillies fired manager Charlie Manuel and replaced him with coach Ryne Sandberg this summer. The move had long since been projected, but still came as a surprise due to timing.
Today, the Phillies' cross-street fabled hockey neighbors made a similar decision. Their move came very early into their regular season (three games).
Charlie Manuel had been in town for ages. He won a World Series Championship in 2008 and led his team to a return trip to the 'Fall Classic' in 2009 against the New York Yankees.
Professional sports is a high-stakes, huge money business game. So, when the Phillies missed the playoffs last season and were certain to miss the postseason dance again, general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. made a business decision to replace 'Cholly' with 'Ryno'.
Of course both men have been well-compensated over the years. Neither will need to seek free bread, like many Americans did during the 'Great Depression' in the 1930s.
Losing one's job and being forced to seek another is a common problem that millions of sports fans across the nation have experienced themselves since the 'Great Recession' began. They clearly understand being forced into a mid-career life change by forces that were, are and always will be outside of their control.