Re: Elijah Duke - Discuss
I know when I went down to GABP and saw the Nats play the Reds, I was very impressed with Duke. Both at-bat and in the field. Some guys you see play and just say "dang, this guy has it". Absolute bolts off his bat, great coverage in CF, and the guy played *hard*.
But all the rest of the behavioral stuff is going to bleed his career if he doesn't get a handle on it. It sounds like the Nats are doing everything they can to put a lid on his behavior, but you can only do so much.
Blowing kisses after a HR is going to get you a fastball in the ribs. Do it again and it may be at your noggin. And his teammates will put up with it only for a while. It's up to him if he wants a All Star career or (like Chip said) a Jose Guillen-level one.
Pay attention to the open sky