Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Dukes for $500, Alex.

So, i'm sure by now you have seen the news articles about our new CF Elijah Dukes.

For reference, Dukes shows up late
- http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/apr/19/dukes-gets-benched-after-arriving-late/

then we find out he was at a Little League opening. then we find out that the Little league is so indignant that the Nationals fined and benched him that they are doing a separate fund raiser to pay his fine for him.
- http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=4085478&campaign=rss&source=MLBHeadlines

And now ESPN is running it as a major story and the franchise, already a laughing stock, takes another public relations hit.

- http://www.fannation.com/truth_and_rumors/view/99993?eref=sircrc&eref=fromSI

Thoughts? There's a massive Nationalsjournal blog argument running about this (200+ replies to original post). I've of course chimed in there as well, and had little nit pickers take issue with my opinions. Blogs are good for that sort of stuff.

My 2 cents: the Nationals are hypocrites and idiots. Why start this fire storm over something so minor? Milledge blew off a team meeting and he got a small fine and no benching (at the time anyway). Dukes shows up 5 minutes late after a community service act and gets benched.


  1. Don't forget Dukes "lollygagging" the single to centerfield last night by Matt Diaz that Diaz hustled into a double. I love how that play reads on yahoo's play by play for the Nats-Braves game last night -- it just doesn't do the play justice, "Matt Diaz doubled to center":

    Top 2nd: Atlanta
    - C. Kotchman doubled to right
    - C. Kotchman caught stealing, catcher to third
    - J. Francoeur struck out swinging
    - M. Diaz doubled to center

    From the legendary "Bull Durham":

    Skip: You guys. You lollygag the ball around the infield. You lollygag your way down to first. You lollygag in and out of the dugout. You know what that makes you? Larry!
    Larry: Lollygaggers!
    Skip: Lollygaggers.

  2. I had to admit, i didn't see the play. But i'd be really disappointed if this is what really happened. I've been defending dukes in many forums for a while.

  3. He trotted over so methodically -- it almost seemed like he was hoping he didn't slip. The ball wasn't hit all that soft either; and Diaz just put it into third gear rounding first. Dukes had no chance. It's another thing I love about baseball -- the players in the dugout (or someone) probably noticed him lollygagging to the ball, and someone was able to take advantage of it.

  4. Well, it had just poured rain for several hours. Maybe the field was a mess. dukes has been an injury magnet since he got here.

    he did something rather dumb last night too. He hit led off an inning and hit a gapper and made a very high risk attempt to stretch a single into a double. Braves CF threw him out but the ump blew the call.

    So, Man on 2nd with none out with some decent hitters coming up (Kearns, Flores). What does Dukes do? He freaking tries to steal third and is thrown out by 5 feet. Kearns then gets an infield hit (which would have advanced Dukes anyway), then Flores nearly hits it out (which scored Kearns from 1st and thus would have scored Dukes).

    Fundamental baseball mistake. You *never* make the first or third out at 3rd base. Why? Because if you have any kind of speed any hit to the outfield will score you from 2nd anyway. The only advantage of getting to 3rd with one out is to take advantage of a sac fly ... but again, baseball strategy dictates that you only do that once you get the first out.

    I've seen no mention of this gaffe anywhere in the game stories, but its basic baseball that Dukes should know and I'd not be surprised if he sits today b/c of it.