The fallout of an arugment: lots of repetition
Here's the best look yet I've seen on the Dukes-Acta spat, if you're curious for the background here.
Today, the key parties involved -- Dukes and Acta -- weren't keen to talk more about what happened. When Dukes saw several reporters walking toward him, he declined comment, saying, "No, ya'll know me."
But this much we know. Dukes, Acta and GM Jim Bowden met privately last night to talk about their disagreement. Each has decided that little can be gained from further analysis of the argument. So we're left to speculate on what, exactly, provoked Acta's anger. (The celebration, some aspect of it, seems the only like explanation - especially given the way Dukes was criticized after his walk-off homer last week.)
Here's how Manny's press conference started today. (And no, the last answer is not a misprint. It was just clever.)
Q: Can you expand at all on what happened in the dugout yesterday?
MA: No, that's yesterday's news, and I don't read yesterday's paper. It's over with. What happens in Pittsburgh stays in Pittsburgh. We talked it out after the game, and we're cool, we're fine.
Q: So does the decision to have Elijah back in the lineup emphasize what you're talking about - that it's over?
A: That had nothing to do. I'm never going to do something against my club because of whatever happens on the field. That had nothing to do whatever happened yesterday. He's our right fielder.
Q: What, specifically, had you upset with him?
A: You know, Ronnie Belliard did a great job yesterday, giving us two home runs and that single giving us the go-ahead run. It's kind of sad that that's been lost in that great game yesterday.
And now, a little Q-and-A with Bowden.
Q: How have you guys handled things with Elijah? Any further discipline?
A: Manny and I met with Elijah as soon as the game was over. We talked through the incident behind closed doors. It was a miscommunication and a misunderstanding. We've resolved it, going forward. I support the manager 100 percent. And it's behind us.
Q: Miscommunication being about what?
A: It was a misunderstanding and a miscommunication. And we talked about it behind closed doors. It's not an issue anymore.
Q: question begins, interrupted...
A: The reports are inaccurate.
Q: In what way?
A: I'm not going to go into specifics, but the media reports are inaccurate of what transpired. And it was behind closed doors, we handled it as a team, and it's behind us.
Q: Reports about what, that something on the field caused this?
A: I didn't say that. We're not going to disclose all the situations that took place, except to say it was a misunderstanding and miscommunication. We've resolved it behind closed doors. And I support the manager 100 percent, and the issue's behind us. That's it. That is my quote.
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