In Ladson's words:
Ladson went on to note the following concerning the incident as well:
According to baseball sources at the team meeting on Thursday, Dukes said it was in the heat of the moment and he wanted everyone pumped during Tuesday's game, which the Nationals won, 7-6.
All has been forgiven.
"(Elijah) held this meeting on his own. It was his idea," said one baseball source that was at the meeting.
The confrontation came a few minutes after Lastings Milledge hit a two-run homer, scoring Dukes ahead of him. According to baseball sources, Acta was not angry with Dukes for showboating with Milledge near home plate after the home run. There was a miscommunication in the dugout. Dukes thought that Acta didn't want to shake his hand.All I have to say about this: Wow, Elijah! The other day I said this:
Dukes needs to quit his childish antics, plain and simple. To be honest, I don't really care about him showing up the pitcher, but you don't show up your manager. Growing up in a bad neighborhood isn't an excuse for a total lack of class. You're an adult, Elijah. Act like one.I'm very proud of how Elijah took care of the situation. Finally, we can all take a deep breath.
Dukes has brought all of the doubts people have in him upon himself. He can right the ship whenever he wants. Let's see if he does it now with an apology to Manny.