A little weekend recap here for you if you missed any action from the Blue Jays visit to Arlington before Game 5 tomorrow,
First of all, R.A. Dickey, WHAT a beauty. Pitching in Game 4 meant more to him than you may know. Texas drafted him. Texas began his baseball career yet ALSO began his baseball nightmare. He was pulled for Price when the score was 7-1 and conveniently ONE inning before he would qualify for the win. I think the Blue Jays would have been fine for ONE more inning. That’s BS. You and I both know it. But, I’m not Gibby. Let’s just say Dickey handled it way better than I would have. Now, why would that extra inning have meant so much to him?
I read about his early struggles as written by him in his book (Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball). You’ll see him second from the left below, on a 1996 cover of Baseball America featuring five of the team USA Olympic pitchers.
You may know this from R.A. Dickey’s Autobiography but it’s explained well here in the New York Times:
Dickey was ready to accept the Rangers’ $810,000 bonus offer when a team physician picked up the magazine and noticed Dickey’s right arm hanging somewhat awkwardly at his side. The doctor recommended that the team examine him further, leading to the bizarre discovery that Dickey not only had an elbow issue, he had no ulnar collateral ligament, the primary tissue that stabilizes the joint. The Rangers pulled their offer and wound up offering him $75,000, more out of guilt than confidence in his future.
“Imagine winning the lottery and then losing the ticket,” said Dickey, who signed with the Rangers because he assumed no team would give him a chance again. He reported to the minor leagues knowing that precious little was keeping his elbow together, that each day pitching could be his last.
If you watch the video below, you’ll see him handle the hard questions like a champ, and with brutal honesty. Yet another guy playing for the TEAM vs. personal credit. He admits himself, he would have handled this situation much differently years before in his career.
“No competitor would or should want to come out of a game like that, OK? Everybody understands that…Gibby’s the manager and what he says goes. I’m an employee, and sometimes you don’t necessarily like what your boss wants you to do, but I respect him…And at the end of the day when you look over your shoulder and you’ve got a guy like (Price) coming in behind you, it makes it a whole lot easier to give the ball to Gibby. So am I disappointed? Sure, I think any competitor should be. But at the end of the day, I’ve said this before and I mean it, it’s amazing what you can accomplish when you don’t care who gets the credit, and we won and we’re going back to Toronto with a chance.”
ALSO…if you missed the man who insulted every Canadian baseball fan this weekend…you can thank Jamie Campbell from Sportsnet for putting him on the spot…thanks for the half-ass apology ya dink!