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Paul Lo Duca Misses Paul Lo Duca Camp


(Mark Avery - AP)

Well, look, if I were implicated in a bad public relations story involving Congress, drugs, personal checks and the FBI, and I just happened to have a Youth Bloggers Camp scheduled at the same time, perhaps I would bail too. Perhaps I would leave my high school blogging coach in charge, and would assure young campers that he would teach them the art of innuendo, how to photograph back tattoos and how to cover athlete relationship issues every bit as thoroughly as I could.

Luckily, I've never had to make that choice. But when Paul Lo Duca was faced with the prospect of tutoring 25 kids at his baseball camp last weekend....well....

"I kind of beat them to the punch," [Lo Duca's h.s. coach Ray] Alonzo said. "I told them, 'We don't know what went on, but he's the best guy to be around. He's done so much for kids.'

"I talked to the parents individually and said, 'Paul is probably not going to be here. If you want your money back, you can get it back. But we're committed to it. We'll give you the same instruction back as Paul would give.' They all stayed."

Am I tired of taking cheap shots at Paul Lo Duca? Yes, I am. He was borderline charming when he came to D.C., and he even danced a little, and I plan on forgetting all about this incident by 2008. When there will, of course, be another, better Paul Lo Duca camp.

Alonzo said he has sent e-mails to Lo Duca, letting him know he's got his support.

He said there still are plans to have another Lo Duca camp in the Valley in January. Alonzo said the camp will be offered free.

In other words, no personal checks necessary. The Nationals Enquirer has more.

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 20, 2007; 10:24 AM ET
Categories:  Nats  
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