Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Paulie Speaks

Paul Lo Duca, as a guest of Gary Miller and Eric Karros on KCAL 9's "Think Blue" pre-game show last night:

Miller: What's it like for you playing after that, when your name comes out [on a steroid list], like Manny's going to go through starting Friday?

Lo Duca: It's going to be difficult. When my name came out, it was almost a relief. It was something I did I wasn't proud of, I wish I would have never done. It's part of something that's going to stick with me for a long time, and it's part of why probably I don't have a job today.

It's the consequences you deal with, and Manny's going to deal with a lot of different things, but he's Manny Ramirez. I played with Juan Pierre and he's one of my really good friends, and he's done a great job so far, but this is Manny Ramirez. This is a different type of player. Might be the best right-handed hitter, maybe of all time.

It's something to deal with, but the whole thing that blows my mind is that Alex [Rodriguez] and a couple of other guys said they didn't know. Let me tell you something. Everybody knows if they were on that list. When you got tested that year — I don't know if you [Karros] remember — you got told.

Your name didn't come out, which they shouldn't come out — it's a breach of contract, which I don't agree with. But I do agree in fairness to Alex and Sammy Sosa, the other 104 guys should come out. That's the only thing that's fair to them. I know I'm not on that list, let's hope so.

Pretty candid stuff from Lo Duca. That's the Paulie I miss.


Mike Sharperson Lives! said...

He got off too easy. This was the guy the Dodgers traded because they were afraid he'd 'roid up the whole team if he wasn't unloaded, according to the Mitchell Report. I woulda given him both barrels. Of course KCAL9 and the NY Times have not been confused for each other.