GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Manager Manny Acta isn't one for omens, and he tries to avoid using the word luck
because he doesn't believe it pertains to baseball.
But even he thought what he found inside a P.F. Chang's fortune cookie at dinner on Thursday night was a little strange.
"Your sports team will be very successful this year," it read.
Acta might not be the type to see this as foreshadowing, but at the very least, it caused him to pause and take notice.
"That was unbelievable," Acta said. "I've never gotten a fortune cookie talking about sports in my life, and I eat a lot of Chinese food. So that was a pleasant surprise."
Acta has made it clear that he isn't the superstitious type, and he reiterated that when asked about the fortune cookie following Friday's workout.
"I'm not that type of guy," he said. "You've heard me in the past, I don't use the word luck in my vocabulary. I don't believe in that. I believe in first-pitch strikes, catching the ball and people that can hit doubles with the bases loaded."
But deep down, there must be some part of him that appreciates the event as more than coincidence. It's why he's having the fortune framed.
When asked why, he grinned and replied, "Just in case."