Brian Schneider is no Paul Lo Duca on his weekly spots on WFAN - not that the newest Mets catcher wants to match Lo Ducaís penchant for being a lightning rod.
We were reminded of how things used to be when Lo Duca, on the DL with the Nationals with a broken hand, was a surprise caller to WFAN during Joe Beningo and Evan Robertsí show this afternoon. He had some interesting comments about his softball-cheering teammates as well as his appearance in the Mitchell Report.
On Mondayís cheers in the dugout:
ďI wasnít there. The last few games - Iím on the DL. They have a policy here, the Nationals, when youíre on the DL you stay home. But they let me come on this trip because I live here.
ďI donít know. Iím not a big fan of it to be honest with you. Iíll be honest with you. You know, weíre struggling. Guys are just trying to have a little fun. I think they saw Figueroa getting a little upset, so they amped it up a couple of notches. I do think itís a little bush league. At first it started off as a little fun, until he got mad. I donít agree with it. But, also, Nelson Figueroa has nine wins in the big leagues and he needs to keep his mouth shut.Ē
On being named in the Mitchell Report:
ďI apologized. Itís something I did a long time ago. The perception, and people think that, hey, he did it last year. No. I did it a long time ago. And it was a mistake I did. I wish it would have never happened. Itís something Iíll have to deal with. But, you know, Iím sort of glad. I think it was a monkey thatís been on my back for a long time that finally flew off. It was something that Iím not proud of, obviously.
ďI donít view myself as a cheater. Obviously itís something I did. And obviously itís something that helped me. But, you know, a lot of people donít realize I got into a bad collision and got run over at home plate one year, in í95 in Double-A. And I got it prescribed to me by a doctor. A lot of guys did it. Thereís a lot of guys in front of me that did it. Like I said, Iím not making excuses. It was part of survival. You want to be at home or you want to be playing? Thatís the way it was. I apologized for what I did, but thatís plenty true.Ē
Final comment, lightheartedly:
ďIím going to the ponies right now to win some money, so leave me alone.Ē