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Monday, December 03, 2007


"I think any transaction we make, we want to have good people here with high character in Washington representing our organization," Bowden said. "That's extremely important to us." June, 2007

Fast forward to today....The Nationals have reportedly traded for Elijah Dukes of Tampa Bay.

More to follow, but expect no praise for this terrible decision here, Jim. It is terrible for you to interfere with the great club atmosphere Manny Acta worked hard to build. It is even more frustrating that you expect Dmitri and Manny to take time away from developing this team to teach Elijah how to be a respectable citizen. He's had second chances (count all his children and arrests for starters).

It is cruel to subject fans to this disturbed young man. He's no Dmitri Young. You have really dissapointed us Mr. Bowden.

We summarized our thoughts on this lost cause back in June when rumors first started.

*new* Bill Ladson's story


Blogger Steph2853 said...

I had just about recovered from the Church/Schneider trade. I'm eager to see what Milledge can do here. But trading for Dukes? Come on Jim?! We just lost two quality guys, what are you thinking? My feelings on the subject haven't changed since June. I'm pretty disappointed that I am going to be expected to cheer for this young man next year. Honestly, I don't think I will be able to. This hurts my heart...

12:48 PM  
Blogger riseupcleveland said...

This season the Washington Nationals had the feel good player of the year in Dmitri Young. Young had made a few mistakes in his life, but nothing nearly as severe as the problems of Elijah Dukes. This team's character and camaraderie was obvious both on and off the field. With the Dukes rumor apparently true, all of the chemistry in the clubhouse is threatened as well as the integrity of this organization and all of the talk about character in previous articles. This is not only disappointing, but also very upsetting.

12:52 PM  
Blogger kristen23 said...

Think maybe Flores and Zimmerman cringe when they hear that "he's just young." Like they are expected to be adults and behave in an appropriate way to represent the Washington Nationals at 22 and 23 years of age, but the immature Dukes has everyone making excuses for him because of his young age.

This is the worst part of the game. It's a sad day for Nats fans.

1:25 PM  
Blogger WFY said...

I'm trying to rationalize it with the "he has such an upside, he's worth the risk" but I can't.

4:37 PM  

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