The only problem is that they apparently gave their money directly to the team, so the odds of Elijah seeing a dime of that money seems pretty slim. (Don't they know that all checks for Elijah should be made out to "Nishea Gilbert"?) Manny said they "don't care how the fine gets paid," but you could hear Mark Lerner in the background saying, "or how many times it gets paid."
Can you imagine if Dukes had actually been sent to Syracuse over this? He would have had care packages arriving daily.
As if the Nationals don't look stupid enough in this whole thing, we get this quote from Manny yesterday:
But what a lot of people are misunderstanding is, this was not a team function. If this had been [set up] through the team, I think someone would have advised him not to do something like that before a day game.Stop, Manny, just stop. So, what we fail to understand is that because Dukes was helping out at the little league game on his own initiative, not ordered to do so by his employer, that somehow makes it worse?
(Apparently he was paid $500 for the appearance, but whatever--I don't thing very many pro athletes would spend a morning with kids for double that.)
Just more evidence that the myth created by the Tampa media that Elijah Dukes is some puppy-strangling, baby-killing neighborhood scourge is just that--a myth. He's had problems in the past controlling his temper, and he would have been a lot better off if he had been sick the day they did the "condoms don't work" lecture in Jeb Bush's abstinence-only education program, but when the papers are going red in the face over "crimes" like throwing an empty pop can at somebody and a teenage pot bust, your bullshit detector should be going crazy.
P.S. Gotta do a better job charging those base hits, Elijah. I didn't like you jogging lazily up to that Matt Diaz single and letting him take second base. Aside from that, you okay, dawg.