Originally posted on Mets360.com  |  Last updated 4/2/12
There are some who say he was born of the Storm Giants who live in the clouds, and others who claim he was raised by bears in the Adirondacks, still more believe that he could fell a tree with one swing of his mighty club but Met fans know that he’s their best hope to survive this troubling 2012 season. When I look at Lucas Duda, I can’t help but think of the frontier legends of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox.  Maybe it’s that Keith Hernandez is fond of calling Duda a giant, but it’s definitely there when I watch him.  From his humble origins as an early-mid-round pick to his rise as a power lefty all the way to his emergence as a legitimate MLB hitter, he gives off a legend that’s larger than life.  What follows is the All-American folk tale, Mets style. Duda was born in Fontana, California on February 3, 1986. He attended Arlington High School in Riverside, California.  His high school coaches knew they had something special in the 6’4 gawky youth with hope in his eyes and hu...
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