What is this, Bowden’s Home for Wayward Boys? First the Nats pick up the talented but troubled Lastings Milledge, which I applauded. Now they’ve acquired talented but troubled Elijah Dukes from Tampa Bay.
Having worked seven years with JDs (Juvenile Delinquents) in my younger days, I smell trouble, a certain naive beneficence on the part of Nationals management. Reclaiming one kid is tough enough. Two increases exponentially the potential for problems. The rule is to isolate the bad apple from other bad apples. Putting them together is just asking for it.
Don’t get me wrong, for what they gave up, Dukes is worth the risk. And I sincerely hope this works out. I’m concerned, however, turning D.C. into a center for JDs could backfire and instead turn that pristine new ballpark into something resembling the old Central Park, where arms meant something different than the ability to throw out a runner at the plate.
— Michael Norton