In normal circumstances I really don't pay attention to the Washington Nationals or any of their players? Quick, can you name five current Nationals?
Elijah Dukes was out signing autographs at a Little League function promoting the Nationals, showed up late for work, fined $500, had to sit the pine, and was threatened to be sent to Triple-A Syracuse.
Other than signing Adam Dunn, I know nothing about the Nationals. Other than they don't win, nobody wants to play for them, they copy the Sausage Race, and now have created bad PR.
"We are going to change the culture here, regardless of how well a guy is playing," Acta said. "It was a bizarre situation, because he was doing something that we encourage our players to do. He was out in the community doing something for some Little League program and he just showed up late for work.
Dukes was late because he was promoting the Washington Nationals, not himself. Being five minutes late after creating good press for the organization, I think Manny Acta and Mike Rizzo need to start worrying about winning first.
Nats discipline Dukes for tardiness (via MLB.COM)