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And people wonder why I love knuckleballers

Jan 19, 2011, 5:03 PM EDT

RA Dickey pitch

R.A. Dickey spent some time tweeting via the New York Mets Twitter feed today.  A question from a reader and Dickey’s answer:

Q: Do you enjoy Faulkner & if so what’s ur favorite work of his?

A: I do enjoy Faulkner. Hands down Absalom, Absalom!

I defy you to name a pitcher who can throw 100 miles per hour who has also read Absalom, Absalom! There are none. Only a knuckleballer. Maybe a couple of wise backup catchers. That’s it.

Baseball is a game peopled with garrulous outraged baffled ghosts.

  1. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Jan 19, 2011 at 5:06 PM

    There’s your opening day starter.

  2. billtpa - Jan 19, 2011 at 5:11 PM

    As cool as that was, though, he followed it up with back-to-back tweets where the answer to the question was “consistency.” Not sure what to make of all this.

  3. jgraening - Jan 19, 2011 at 5:15 PM

    Back in 2009, my wife gave me a Twins shirt with RA Dickey’s name and number on the back for our wedding anniversary. He was demoted to Triple-A the next day. I still wear the shirt with pride.

    • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Jan 19, 2011 at 5:17 PM

      The Big Show is indeed a fickle beast. A beast of which Mr. Dickey has since tamed.

  4. Old Gator - Jan 19, 2011 at 5:40 PM

    Dickey has no taste in Faulkner. How he could prefer the relentless verbal sludge of Absalom, Absalom to As I lay Dying or The Sound and the Fury is just beyond me. Bill Clinton memorized Benjy’s soliloquy in college and could recite it verbatim whenever he got drunk at a party. I’ll take that over some knuckleballer who can’t hold his Faulkner any day.

    • Utley's Hair - Jan 19, 2011 at 6:19 PM

      That’s not the only thing he did when he was drunk…or so I’ve heard…

      • spudchukar - Jan 19, 2011 at 6:29 PM

        Faulkner or Clinton?

    • spudchukar - Jan 19, 2011 at 6:28 PM

      Little tough on old R.A., Gator. When most big-leaguers can’t finish Harry Potter, a literary reference is refreshing. He probably can’t spell Yoknapathawpha either. And it’s pretty cruel to mention “As I Lay Dying” knowing Mets fans are undoubtedly going to read these comments. Still preferred “The Fable”.

      • Old Gator - Jan 19, 2011 at 7:43 PM

        Awww, what difference does it really make? Faulkner is just the poor man’s Cormac McCarthy anyway.

  5. Gobias Industries - Jan 19, 2011 at 6:50 PM

    Aroldis Chapman’s favorite book is sTORI Telling by Tori Spelling.

  6. gravytrain56 - Jan 19, 2011 at 7:26 PM

    love dickey woukld start him on opening day. Don’tr love the young signing chhttp://defendingthecore.blogspot.com/2011/01/mets-sign-young.htmleck out my blog for why

  7. gravytrain56 - Jan 19, 2011 at 7:27 PM

    http://defendingthecore.blogspot.com/2011/01/mets-sign-young.html

  8. gravytrain56 - Jan 19, 2011 at 7:27 PM

    sorry for the double post.

  9. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jan 19, 2011 at 10:09 PM

    I defy you to name a pitcher who can throw 100 miles per hour who has also read Absalom, Absalom! There are none. Only a knuckleballer. Maybe a couple of wise backup catchers. That’s it.

    Not sure if serious* [.jpg] but I think this guy has him beat:
    [Ross]Ohlendorf majored in Operations Research and Financial Engineering at Princeton University. In his senior thesis, Ohlendorf used sabermetrics to demonstrate the return on investment from the Major League Baseball Draft.

    *how do you insert pics? i know how to do it with bbcoding, but i’m at a loss with html.

  10. BC - Jan 20, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    Faulkner is an overrated, overblown blowhard. Gimme some Robert Ludlum any day.

    • Old Gator - Jan 20, 2011 at 11:48 AM

      I would love to take your bait this morning, but I haven’t eaten breakfast yet. I might re-engage this staggering exposition of kitsch flummery when I’ve had my coffee. Robert Ludlum? Give me a break. I’d take Seicho Matsumoto any day.

      • BC - Jan 20, 2011 at 12:26 PM

        Actually I’m more into PJ O’Rourke. Just wanted to stay within genre on my previous comment.

      • Gobias Industries - Jan 20, 2011 at 12:41 PM

        Judy Blume anyone? Must just be me.

      • Old Gator - Jan 20, 2011 at 3:25 PM

        BC – me too, the old PJ of National Lampoon fame, before he became a raving neofascist mudpuppy’s cloaca (now come on – weren’t you getting tired of “chipwich” and “deuschnozzle”?)

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