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R.A. Dickey wants to be a U.S. Open ball boy

Aug 30, 2010, 11:29 AM EDT

This is not a repeat from the “Seinfeld” episode “The Lip Reader” from 1993:

With another terrific performance on Sunday, R. A. Dickey continued to
demonstrate that he could perform at the highest level of his sport. Now
he wants to show he can do it in another sport, only not as a player.

Dickey dreams of being a ball boy at the United Stated Open tennis tournament. Or, as in the case of Kramer in an episode of the
television show “Seinfeld,” he wants to be a ball man — a bearded,
knuckleball-throwing, 35-year-old ball man.

“I think it would be really cool,” Dickey said, adding: “I’m really serious. Do you think I can do it?”

I think he can. Knuckleballers can do anything.  And he may be old, but he’s spry.

I’d watch the whole tournament too, just in case we got a shot of Omar Minaya covered in chocolate sauce as he ate an ice cream sundae.

  1. Simon DelMonte - Aug 30, 2010 at 11:39 AM

    Hey, he keeps pitching (and hitting) like this, he can have whatever he wants.

  2. mike wants wins - Aug 30, 2010 at 11:58 AM

    Too bad Mauer was more worried about catching would be base stealers, and wouldn’t call the knuckleball more often… least that is the rumor here.

  3. John_Michael - Aug 30, 2010 at 12:02 PM

    Cliffs Notes of above post: Dickey’s repeat stadium filled performances cause him to seriously consider handling green, fuzzy (covered in chocolate sauce) balls in Open.
    Kinda like those Grady Sizemore photos…

  4. Cheap Seat Chronicles - Aug 30, 2010 at 12:04 PM

    Dickey wasn’t nearly this good in the AL, ever…knuckleball or not, he belongs in the NL.

  5. The Dangerous Mabry - Aug 30, 2010 at 2:23 PM

    I actually was a ball boy at the US Open, and it’s absolutely doable by anyone. They hold open tryouts (or at least they did 15 years ago) and all you have to do is show you can run, catch a ball, and throw a ball, basically.
    I think the only thing that might keep Dickey from getting the role is that he might be viewed as a distraction, especially in Flushing, and ball boys are supposed to blend into the woodwork.

  6. Professor Longnose - Aug 30, 2010 at 4:19 PM

    I don’t think you can throw a knuckleball with a tennis ball–no stitches. Too bad.

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