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Paul Lo Duca wants to play again. Please try to contain your excitement

Nov 20, 2009, 8:20 AM EDT

Paul Lo Duca was on XM radio yesterday lobbying for a spring training invite:

“I’m completely healthy. I feel unbelievable. I’ve been hitting the
last four or five days constantly and started my workouts. I feel
great. My hand feels 100 percent for the first time in a while. My
hamstring and my knee finally healed after the surgery I had there. … I
want to come back and play.”

You know, there are crazier things than a team taking a chance on Lo Duca. For example, maybe there’s a 37 year-old, no-hit catcher who wrote personal checks to buy illegal drugs, had an affair with a teenager and was caught up in gambling allegations who doesn’t have Lo Duca’s infectious enthusiasm.

  1. Levi Stahl - Nov 20, 2009 at 8:48 AM

    But maybe he’ll recapture the magic of 2001–that .320/.374/.543 year? Stranger things have happened. Wait–no–stranger things have _not_ happened. My bad.

  2. Old Gator - Nov 20, 2009 at 9:01 AM

    Why stop with Paul LoDuca? Now that MIchael Jackson is no longer available, why not see if Humbert Humbert is available to supervise the players’ day care center?

  3. Craig Calcaterra - Nov 20, 2009 at 9:03 AM

    I love it, Gator. Of course I think the over/under on people who will get the reference around here is in the low double digits.

  4. Simon DelMonte - Nov 20, 2009 at 9:43 AM

    Don’t stand
    Don’t stand
    Don’t stand
    So close to me
    Also, speaking as a Mets fan, LoDuca was still a better catcher than Schneider has been of late. If there’s room the latter, why not the former, bad behavior or not?

  5. Rick2009 - Nov 20, 2009 at 12:06 PM

    I always liked Paul but I guess he really made some bad decisions. However, nobody from the steroid era is going to have a world series ring taken away from them or a home run or MVP title stripped from them. His accomplishments were much smaller, but he did get to play in the Bigs. Good luck Paul.

  6. Old Gator - Nov 20, 2009 at 12:10 PM

    Aw, come on Craig. Even your readers must have heard about Google.

  7. jwb - Nov 21, 2009 at 4:40 PM

    Lo Duca’s having a little trouble in the horsie business:
    http://www.thoroughbredtimes.com/national-news/2009/October/09/Overbrook-Farm-sues-TVG-analyst-Lo-Duca.aspx
    I’ll take Stanley Kubrick trivia for $200, Craig!

  8. Grant - Nov 22, 2009 at 2:31 AM

    Humble Hum loves Lo!
    and no, I didn’t have to google that. But Craig was right to question us.

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