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R.A. Dickey

Since I posted the first of these on a Thursday, which is known on social media as a time of reflection, I thought to make it a regular thing under this rubric. These are kind of fun; it’s like a box of chocolates — you never know what you’re gonna get. (Actually, I never understood […]

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Since I posted the first of these on a Thursday, which is known on social media as a time of reflection, I thought to make it a regular thing under this rubric. These are kind of fun; it’s like a box of chocolates — you never know what you’re gonna get. (Actually, I never understood […]

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R.A. Dickey was the subject of a profile on last Sunday’s 60 Minutes. I’m curious about the timing; one would have thought it would have come last year, in connection with his book. As has been the case, Dickey is well-spoken.  

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Hail and farewell, R.A.

December 26, 2012

R.A. Dickey, the author of  Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball who was ignominiously “dumped” by the NY Mets, makes a class exit with his “farewell to the fans” piece in the Dec. 22 NY Daily News. The paper also named Dickey its “Sportsperson of the Year.” I […]

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Quite a year for Dickey: First the book, then the movie, then Cy Young season, and now this. Dickey does a nice turn regarding his writing. At least Jon Stewart is a legitimate Mets fan, not like a lot of interviewers who fake it. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / […]

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It’s been quite a year for the Mets pitcher. He’s getting a lot of press about being the first knuckleballer to win the Cy Young Award, but I’m guessing he’s also the first NY Times best-selling author to garner the trophy while still an active pitcher.    

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Bits and pieces

September 11, 2012

Now that the 501 manuscript has been returned to — and received by — the copy editor, I can take a breath and get back to the business of blogging. So here’s an attempt to catch up with a few items from recent days. ♦ The RadioIowa site posted this piece on Bob Meyer, author […]

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This comes from Publishers Weekly.  

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(Because you can put your baseball bracelets on a bookshelf.) R.A. Dickey, the best player on the NY Mets right now and one of the best pitchers in the Majors, might be forgiven for losing a bit of concentration in yesterday’s 6-1 loss to the Cincinnati Reds. In an age where ballplayers wear their uniform […]

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All-Star reading

July 12, 2012

Maybe it’s just the sports new cycles, but it seems there was a lot of emphasis on how young many of this year’s All-Stars were, juxtaposed with Chipper Jones, who is probably making his last appearance in the summer classic. (Did anyone else think his locker room “pep talk” was uncomfortable and stagey?) It occurred […]

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Review roundup, July 10

July 10, 2012

* A couple of reviews on John Grisham’s Calico Joe, one yea (“Calico Joe is his first baseball themed book and it didn’t disappoint.”), one nay (“Grisham’s work lacks the meat and potatoes to satisfy this reader’s appetite for page-turning substance. It’s a slim book that perhaps would have made a much better short story […]

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Review roundup, May 2

May 2, 2012

♦ Recently “discovered” At Home Plate, a nice little baseball site that posts the occasional review. Recent titles include Long Taters: A Baseball Biography of George “Boomer” Scott The Greatest Minor League: A History of the Pacific Coast league, 1903-1957 Hit By Pitch: Ray Chapman, Carl Mays, and the Fatal Fastball Wherever I Wind Up: […]

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Review roundup, May 1

May 1, 2012

♦ The Oklahoman reviewed R.A. Dickey’s memoir. Upshot: “This isn’t just a book about baseball. It’s a book, as Dickey often said, about hope. Hope of attaining his dream. Hope of being happy. Hope of proving people wrong about being a knuckleball pitcher. How he reaches each point of hope is an incredible journey, and […]

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Review roundup, April 23

April 23, 2012

♦ The Knoxville News published this review of native son R.A. Dickley’s Wherever I Wind Up. Upshot: “t is rare to find a baseball book by an insider that dishes no dirt. It is even rarer to find a professional athlete willing to acknowledge his own mistakes. In “Wherever I Wind Up,” R.A. Dickey reveals […]

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Review roundup, April 12

April 12, 2012

♦ Day 12 of Tom Hoffarth’s 30/30 project: R.A. Dickey’s Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball.  

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If there’s one thing I hate, it’s spin for the sake of saving one’s a**. Of course, this could be something coming out of Bud Selig’s PR machine, but according to an article in the New York Post claims the Commissioner’s office never threatened the Mets with fines if they wore caps honoring the first […]

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Or, “The Cursed Pen.” What is it with the current batch of players who desire to be writers? First it was Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey who announced in spring training that he was going to pen a memoir. So he’s currently 2-5 with a 4.50 ERA and just came out of his start against the […]

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When I first saw the headline in Saturday’s NY Times, I thought the writer, David Waldstein, was speaking metaphorically. Turns out Dickey — the surprise pitching star for the Mets in an otherwise dismal 2010 —  actually is writing a book, with the help of Wayne Coffey of the NY Daily News. From the Times‘ […]

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