Late Saturday afternoon, it was announced that Matt Klentak had stepped down as the Phillies general manager.
After holding the title for five years and failing to end any of them with a winning record or trip to the postseason, there will be a new face leading the Phillies into the 2021 season. Until the role is filled though, assistant general manager Ned Rice will serve as interim GM, according to the team.
This is a move that Phillies fans were hoping for just about every time the bullpen entered a game in the condensed season due to COVID-19. Now that the moment has finally arrived, fans have taken to social media to share their reactions to the news.
From expressing how they feel, to unfinished business they still want addressed and even some optimism moving forward, it's all here:
The firing of Matt Klentak is more important than losing in 3 to the dodgers and keeping him— Temporary Braves Fan (@phillies273) October 3, 2020
No more Klentak tho 😤 pic.twitter.com/495DXphG9z— CHAMPIONSHIP CHUCK™ (@DontBeAnUCH) October 3, 2020
Wait.....Matt Klentak gone?!?! pic.twitter.com/PFs2AnWA26— Mike Saie 🇱🇧🇺🇸 (@Saie_What) October 3, 2020
Brett Brown replaced by Doc Rivers now Klentak is stepping down??? Did I just wake up in heaven or have I woken up in the early 2000’s waiting for Ashton Kutcher to jump out of a Broad Street trash can with a camera crew?? https://t.co/Ldb9kffC5S— Peven Starker (@theycallmepeve) October 3, 2020
And remember that optimism I mentioned?
Matt klentak era is finally over time to get the Phillies on the right track— nic (@nicmtn) October 3, 2020
Eagles gonna lose and Philly sports still gonna have a 2-1 winning record this weekend with the Doc Rivers and Klentak news— Bobby Macartney (@shadowdragontwt) October 3, 2020
Glad to see Klentak is staying but it’s the right decision to move forward with a different voice. https://t.co/fgqBA2Rf0N— John Stolnis (@JohnStolnis) October 3, 2020
One thing remains on the minds of fans - the future with J.T. Realmuto ... and they're using this news to let everyone know that.
Feels like the chances of Realmuto re-signing go up with Matt Klentak stepping down— Jason Ferrie (@Jferrie23) October 3, 2020
@Phillies announcing Klentak stepping down. It’s about time! Maybe we can get JT under contract??— Pay Realmuto!! (@FireKaplerNow) October 3, 2020
So, at least the Phillies got a single win in October, right?
Klentak leaving is a massive W for the Phillies— D҉o҉m҉ (@6iixdom) October 3, 2020
Let's hope in the seasons to come, there will be many more.