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Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Boswell: A Bridge Too Far

Thomas Boswell has an excellent piece in today's Washington Post concerning the Nationals enormous mistake in aquiring the troubled Elijah Dukes. Boswell asks (emphasis added by us):

"How much of your franchise's soul will you sacrifice for a bite? How much clubhouse chemistry, how much fan repugnance, how many protesters outside your park, will you tolerate for a chance to steal a franchise-changing player..."

"Does Dukes grasp the difference between a second chance, of which he has had many, and a last chance, like this one? Does he understand the public relations grief the Nats and the Lerner family will, and should, absorb for going so far out on the long-shot salvation trail? Or has Dukes been forgiven, counseled, tolerated, recruited and fawned over so long that he doesn't recognize The End of the Road when it is finally staring him in the face?"

"The Nats probably went a bridge too far in trying to save Dukes. But they've crossed it now. Don't bother to wish the team luck. All they have to do to solve any problem with him is say "Goodbye." As for Dukes, wish him luck if your heart is soft. Or better yet, stick with tough love and make him earn every single thing he gets."


Blogger Dave said...

hey guys,

Dukes is getting bashed in print alot right now, and deservedly so. to this point he has been a scumbag of the highest magnitude. let's hope someone can provide a calming and maturing influence on him to allow his baseball skills, of which he has plenty, to represent who he is and not his thuggery.

but i gotta take Boswell to task for his commentary, specifically the line about "the soul" of a franchise. there simply is no such thing. each player has a soul, but the team is simply a collection of souls, it does not have one of it's own. they are a band of mercenaries, bonded together in pursuit of lucrative contracts. whether they are a "team", or even win or not, is mostly immaterial to most.

as fans, we want to like the players that play for our teams and think that they are good people and would otherwise be our friends were we to have grown up with them or known them otherwise. unfortunately, just like the rest of the world, major league baseball is full of all types of people--good, bad, ugly, stupid, religious, racist, sexist, helpful, hurtful, etc.

just my two cents on the whole morality play that Dukes represents. hope all else is well with you all.

3:31 PM  

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