"My heart pumps more than when I'm up to the plate with the bases loaded to drive in the winning run. It's definitely nerve-wracking, definitely weird."
(Paul Lo Duca, via Washington Post, 3/25/2008)
Paul Lo Duca spent a good chunk of his Monday meticulously updating the NCAA tournament pool charts hanging in the home clubhouse at Space Coast Stadium.
There he was in the morning, down on the floor, using a metal rod to help make sure the lines he drew were straight. And there he was in the afternoon, up on a stool, filling in the points accrued by teammates with their picks.
Hopefully he's that meticulous about poring over pitching charts and learning all the pitchers he missed out on catching this spring while sitting out with a bum knee? Or at least the starting four? Paul Lo Duca: Starting catcher, Bracketologist, racehorse owner. Let's just hope the bookies don't come looking for him at Nationals Park this summer.
(AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)