Robert Alan “R.A.” Dickey (born October 29, 1974) is a right-handed Major League Baseball knuckleball pitcher for the New York Mets. He previously played for the Texas Rangers, Seattle Mariners, Minnesota Twins, and Milwaukee Brewers. After limited success in the majors as a conventional starting pitcher he became a knuckleball pitcher. – Wiki
When I grow up I want to be R.A. Dickey. This dude is essentially living my dream. He’s a best-selling author and a big league pitcher and he has people cheering for him and talking about him and writing blogs about him.
Damn his 80 mph knuckleball.
Dickey is the man right now. Last night he won his MLB leading 12th game of the season. He threw back-to-back 1 hitters. He set a Mets record with 32 ⅔ consecutive scoreless innings. He was named NL Player of the Week on May 27th. And he could start the friggin’ All-Star Game in Kansas City!
And then there’s the book. I know that he wrote it with NY journo Wayne Coffey and it’s not like he’s busting out novels on a regular basis. But the excerpts that I’ve read are pretty good and I wouldn’t mind getting my hands on the whole thing to give it a go.
R.A. Dickey is a success story who stuck with it. Evolved. Moved on. Had faith. And found that 1 thing that was going to make him the man.
His damn 80 mph knuckleball.
In all honesty I really just love this baseball story. At 38 years old there is no logical way that Dickey should be having the best success of his career. He should be on his way out. Mentoring young pitchers as they start their careers and taking his turn on the mound every 5th day in the 4th or 5th slot in the rotation. Instead we’re talking about him every time he toes the rubber.
He comes across as a good dude. A solid citizen. A good teammate. A solid father to his 4 kids.
And he just keeps throwing his 80 damn mph knuckleball.
Keep up the good work R.A., we’re pulling for ya.