Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Dear Elijah: Since the very first day of meeting you, The African Queen and I have been impressed by your attitude. You were far better than advertised. When you accidentally ran into Sohna at Our Washington Nationals Training Complex in Viera, Florida--you began the transformation in front of our very eyes. A favorable opinion began to develop. And when we once again saw you, totally by chance, earlier this summer at Union Station in Washington, DC--you were nothing short of charming.
You remember that get together? "I remember you!!" you so proudly stated. "And I remember you too!!", replied The African Queen. We all had a great time talking with your family. Sohna directed you on how to get to The National Zoo. You appreciated her help. Remember how your Son wanted to go see the animals badly? Later on, you surprised both of us when you gave signed baseballs to a friend of ours to be delivered at New Nationals Park.
The African Queen was quite taken by your thoughtfulness. And so was I. We have always found you friendly, jovial and downright entertaining to talk to. Proud and happy we have always been to experience your good side. No question about it--you are quite the engaging fellow.
And that is the type of person we want to continue see play for Our Washington Nationals. Especially, one with the abundance of talent you possess.
YOU ARE A FIVE TOOL PLAYER.
YOU HAVE THE TALENT TO BE A STAR!!
YOU HAVE THE ABILITY TO BE ONE OF THE BEST IN THE GAME!!
Please, Sohna and I implore you, PLEASE DO NOT THROW ALL YOUR TALENT AWAY!!
We are very taken by you. Just like thousands of other Fans for Our Washington Nationals.
You my friend, and that is what we consider you, are a valuable player for DC's Team.
Please don't throw it away with your fits of anger. Your temper got the best of you tonight. There is far too much to lose--FOR YOU.
Tonight at Shea Stadium, you socked a TITANIC HOME RUN off Mike Pelfrey. The African Queen and I rejoiced at your continuing success. Once again you proved that YOU ARE A KEEPER!! A player for years to come.
But why? Please Why!!?? did you attempt to throw all that GOOD WILL AWAY by blowing kisses at The New York Mets Dugout and then harping at Pelfrey in your next At-Bat when The Mets Starter threw an off speed pitch--A LITTLE INSIDE? That toss did not appear to be a PURPOSE PITCH. The purpose of which, you believed, was for you to feel the pain of hitting a homer and BLOWING KISSES toward The Mets Dugout.
Yes, you blew kisses at The New York Dugout. No question about that either. That's a little disrespectful. No place for that in this game. You should have expected to be hit. Going ballistic over the matter was uncalled for. The very fact that you got Our Manager Manny Acta and Our Hitting Coach Lenny Harris to come out of The Dugout to calm you down was not a good sight to witness. Even Our Former Catcher Brian Schneider got his body between you and Pelfrey.
There are better ways to let out your anger. Like by taking advantage of the situation and doubling down the line later in this very same At-Bat. Then, scoring two hitters later with second run of the evening.
Yes, there are better ways to take being hit--like by just calmly taking it like a man. You can be upset while walking down to first base. Just like after Pelfrey DID HIT YOU in your third At-Bat this evening. By keeping your cool, simmering on your own, you allowed our next hitter, Kory Casto, to rip a double with the bases loaded and get Our Washington Nationals back into this affair at 7-5 in the 5th inning. A New Ball Game developed because you kept your cool.
As Sohna says: "Don't get mad, get even by Hitting The Ball Out Of The Park!!--the next time you bat."
And did you and Our Washington Nationals ever attempt to get even tonight in their Final Game they will ever play at Shea Stadium.
Our Team was able to fight back into this affair--although we eventually lost by three runs in a Total Slugfest. A game that found "The Guz" ripping two home runs. A night that featured five RBI by Cristian Guzman. Too bad Joel Hanrahan gave up a TITANIC Blast of his own to David Wright in the bottom of the 8th that sealed this deal--once and for all.
But Elijah, Why O' Why did you continue your antics in the top of the 9th. After grounding out on a close, but well fielded play by New York's Argenis Reyes, did you feel it necessary to raise both your arms in an attempt to incite The Mets Fans Again? Why was that necessary? You can have all the talent in the world, but you need to use that head. You must understand the situation at hand and the feelings of your teammates--whom may also be affected by your actions.
If you don't, you will NEVER REACH YOUR POTENTIAL. And all your God Given Talents will be lost--like so many others that have preceded you in professional sports.
Elijah, don't piss off the home crowd of the team you are playing. There is no reason to get an always, already rambunctious, New York bunch of homers something or someone else to sink their teeth into. You allowed that to happen, unnecessarily. This was New York City I remind you, where every single gyration is followed and scrutinized to the Nth Degree.
Instead, please just act like a man and TRY TO BEAT THEM. No more is desired from your effort.
Lessons, you hopefully will learn from tonight in Queens.
Dear Elijah--Sohna and I care about you. We beg you to control your temper. You have come along way this 2008 Season. On the field you have become a dangerous player--one that can change any outcome--of any game. Please don't be dangerous on the field--for all the wrong reasons. You can be a Great Player. Your tools can carry you to the greatest of success in a uniform representing Our Washington Nationals. But, it all comes down to what lays between your ears that will take you to that promised land. Unless you use your brain--you are not going anywhere soon.
We know you have the ability to succeed--not only for you--but for your family as well.
The African Queen and I are confident you can make this happen. Please don't belie our faith in you.
Final Score in one of those you can't leave your seat for a moment barnburners--The New York Mets 13 and Our Washington Nationals 10 in the last game Washington will ever play at Shea Stadium in Queens. No one can say Washington didn't go out in style in New York. And no one can say right now Washington doesn't have spunk. They fought and fought and fought. Eventually, their pitching let them down. Too bad, for if Our Washington Nationals had come back to garner a win--it would have gone down as An Instant Classic.
For entertainment value--this one gets a 10!!
Tonight's InGame Photos--(AP) Kathy Willens