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.