Rizzo, I'm trying to be a fan here. Really I am. But you seriously threatened to send your most talented player, arguably the best player on the team right now, to AAA, because he hung around too long at a charity event for little leaguers?
Seriously? Really? No, come now. This is a joke, right? Look, benching him was overreacting. Fining him was silly. Sending him to AAA? That can't be a serious threat. And throwing around completely idiotic, obviously hollow threats doesn't usually command respect down the chain of command.
Hey, I care about punctuality as much as the next guy, but this is the kind of thing that you deal with by just pulling the guy aside and saying, "hey, don't do that again please." Imagine in your own workplace if you were 5 minutes late to a meeting--for whatever reason--and your boss said, "if you do this again, we're going to demote you, cut your salary, and relocate you to a different city." Unless your economic situation absolutely required you to eat the shit, every one of you would tell a boss like that to kiss your ass.
Serously, five minutes late? You never got stuck in traffic, Rizzo? Manny, you never lost track of time and arrived late to a function? Shoot, it's not like he missed the first pitch of the game.
This team has big problems. A budding superstar outfielder being five minutes late is not one of them. If they really think that it's in the best interests of this horrendous failure of a franchise to deprive itself of the most talented player they have, then THAT'S a far, far bigger problem than Elijah's overzealous dedication to helping kids in the neighborhood.