Last week, Elijah Dukes hit a walk-off two-run homer to beat the Cardinals in the second game of a doubleheader. (It really was an awesome game.) Elijah, as Elijah is wont to do, celebrated a bit too vigorously, upsetting an umpire and his manager, Manny Acta. Thus was the fuse lit.
After Dukes scored on Lastings Milledge's ultimately game-winning homer last night, Dukes and Acta went after each other in the dugout. It might have been because Dukes seemed to taunt Pirates pitcher Matt Capps once the Nationals had beaten him.
"We want to see emotions as long as you're not showing anybody up...He showed emotion, and I don't think he offended anybody."
That quote from Acta was the other night; he might have changed his tune last night. In other words, everybody ... the Elijah Dukes Explosion In DC Watch is ON! Hey, Manny: We'd recommend changing your cellphone number. Fast.