Paul Lo Duca Says "Get Over It"
This extensive radio interview was conducted the day before the Mitchell Report dropped, and so, after lots and lots and lots of talk about the Mets, the hosts asked Lo Duca whether MLB players were nervous about what was to come in 24 hours. So ask yourself, if you knew that you were going to be prominently named in a controversial report about the use of illegal substances in 24 hours, and you really didn't want to talk about it, how would you respond? Here's Lo Duca's choice:
"You know, to be honest, I probably should stay away from it, so I'll have no comment, but to me I don't think it's really an issue. You know, all this stuff that's been going on for the last three years, the probing [of] guys, doing this and that, it's the kind of thing--Ooh, whoa, I'm driving, I almost got hit by a car!"
No, I'm not joking. No, upon receiving a follow-up question, Lo Duca did not change the topic by claiming he was in the middle of an asteroid attack. No, I'm not suggesting that Lo Duca didn't actually almost get hit by a car, but it's sort of an eerie answer, all in all. The follow-up question concerned whether we would be surprised by any of the names in the Mitchell Report. Lo Duca's response?
"No, I'm not going to be, I don't think you're gonna be really surprised about who's on the list. So I think it's the kind of thing where a lot of the stuff was five, six, seven years ago and you know something? It's over with. Get over with it, you know? You know what I mean?"
Wow. At least he didn't sound at all defensive. This stuff was all sort of a coda to the interview, whose main topic was whether Lo Duca felt slighted by the Mets not making an offer. You might remember that he told the D.C. press corps that one of the reasons he wanted to sign with the Nats was so he could face the Mets 18 times a year. To us, he didn't elaborate much, calling his history in New York "water under the bridge." Here's what he told WFAN:
"I understand this game is a business, and that's what happens. I've heard a lot of people say, 'Well, you know, these athletes get paid a lot of money.' Listen, I understand that. I'm not taking that away from nobody. But you know, treat somebody with respect. And the only thing I'm a little upset about, I never got one call, one offer, one nothing from anybody. I mean, I never got a call from one coach, I think Howard Johnson texted me asking me how I was doing, but I never got one call from one coach, one front office guy, one anything. You know, something. I'm a grown man, and I look at it like if you don't want me and you want to go in a different direction, call me up and tell me, that's fine. I understand that. That upsets me a little bit, but you know something? Like I said, water under the bridge, that's over with, I don't hold grudges against anybody....
Am I ticked off? I'm really not ticked off any more. It's sort of comical now, it really is. We got a call from Omar [Minaya] saying he was still interested when they already signed [Yorvit] Torrealba. So, I mean, who are they trying to kid? Let me tell you something, you know that old saying, you try to bull a you know what? Who are you kidding?"
I think he said "bull a you know what," but I wouldn't swear to it. Anyhow, I usually don't take serious stands on controversial issues, but in this case I'll make an exception. I'd like to say unequivocally, on the record, that--Whoa! A car!....
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