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R.A. Dickey on upcoming memoir: “I’m definitely throwing myself under the bus”

Feb 21, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

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R.A. Dickey is writing a memoir that’s scheduled to be published next year and the knuckleballer spoke to David Waldstein of the New York Times about the book, describing it as a combination of “The Glass Castle” by Jeannette Walls and “Ball Four” by Jim Bouton, the latter of which is my favorite book of all time (baseball or otherwise).

Dickey told Waldstein that instead of “throwing everyone under the bus” the way Bouton did in sharing what was back then the unheard of inside details of ballplayers’ lives he’ll be “throwing myself under the bus” with stories “dating way back to childhood and leading all the way up to this year.”

Dickey went from former first-round pick to minor-league veteran with a 5.43 ERA in various big-league stints, but grabbed a spot in the Mets’ rotation at age 35 and ranked seventh among NL pitchers in ERA, turning the career-year into a $7.5 million contract extension last month.

Waldstein notes that Dickey was an English literature major at the University of Tennessee and has been keeping a journal for the past five years, which he’ll add to “stories of his difficult childhood, his parents’ divorce and his mother’s battle with alcoholism, and how he had to live with friends during his later high school years.”

  1. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Feb 21, 2011 at 3:31 PM

    I figured he had a pen name for a good reason…apparently it was in anticipation of his memoir.

  2. PanchoHerreraFanClub - Feb 21, 2011 at 4:25 PM

    Smoke ‘em inside, R.A.

  3. Old Gator - Feb 21, 2011 at 4:55 PM

    There is no doubt that I’ll be lining up to buy the memoir of a guy who (a) has the same surname as the author of Deliverance and (b) was a lit major at the same university the author of Blood Meridian attended. Them’s know as credentials, bubba.

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