LoDuca Is Game If Wright Wants Him To Pitch In Home Run Derby

An article by posted on May 26, 2013

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Former Mets catcher Paul Lo Duca didn’t hesitate when asked if he’d be willing to pitch again to David Wright in the 2013 Home Run Derby.

“Ok everyone is asking me,” Lo Duca said on Twitter. “If David wants me to throw the HR Derby I’m in. If not…no biggie. We did it last time for fun. Hope he wins.”

The fiery catcher pitched to Wright during the 2006 Home Run Derby and helped him finish second to Ryan Howard who jacked 23 home runs to Wright’s 22.

“It’s alright  It’s a little disappointing,” Wright would later say. “Ryan Howard can have the Home Run Derby if the Mets can have the National League East.”

Wright had 20 home runs going into the All Star break that season, but would only hit six more in the second half. Many blamed it on his pronounced uppercut after his Derby performance.

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