What was your
welcome to the big leagues moment?
Pitching in Pittsburgh the first time [in '05]. I was coming off the field, and
the whole stadium started chanting, "Duuuuuuke!" [after he blanked the
Phillies over seven innings]. It was unreal.
Last year I was on second, and there was a line drive to shortstop. I went back
to the bag and sprained my ankle. I was safe initially, but I stepped off--I
was like, It hurts! Walk it off!--and I got tagged out.
One thing about
being a ballplayer that fans don't think about?
When everybody in the stands wants a ball, they say, "Hey, it's my
birthday, can I have a ball?" I wish they knew we can't always give them
away. We don't really have that many, and we have to use them for BP.
If I were
commissioner for a day, I would ...
try not to screw things up.
The 23-year-old lefty improved to 7-8 on the year, beating the Rockies.
Duke is to start against the Giants, to whom he allowed three runs in six
innings last month.