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R.A. Dickey wants the Mets to get real with themselves

Apr 21, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

R.A. Dickey AP

R.A. Dickey spoke after the Mets lost to the Astros last night. And if there are any illusions about why this guy seems so likable, they’re put to rest when he says decidedly non-platitudey things like this:

“We have to find a way to be honest with ourselves about what kind of team we are. We can’t just keep telling ourselves, ‘Oh, we’re a better team than this.’ We may not be. And we’ve got to be honest about that, and identify what we’re doing wrong, and do it better. That’s the only way you have any real growth.”

That’s a risky thing to say in New York, because you just know that it will be interpreted by someone as Dickey ripping the team.  To me, however, it just sounds like reality. Don’t go saying that we’re better than this, that we’re suffering from bad luck and that things will change with time.  Do something about it, and start from a position of honesty about what has caused us to start so poorly.

Kind of zen. I dig it.

  1. Chris K - Apr 21, 2011 at 9:20 AM

    RA is a knuckleballer so even his SALES pitches can be confusing

  2. Old Gator - Apr 21, 2011 at 9:36 AM

    I love this guy. He’s literate, funny, self-effacing and flat out honest. And he can pitch. How the hell did Omar Minaya ever sign him?

    Here’s a Zen story for you that Dickey would endorse. I once heard Joseph Campbell tell it in a seminar in New York:

    The master of a Zen monastery sensed his death approaching and called his young monks together to begint he process of choosing his successor. When all the monks were seated before him, the master placed a ceramic pot on the floor between himself and, saying nothing, sat back down on the floor before them and meditated. The other monks sat silently. After some hours had passed, one of the monks arose, picked up the pot and smashed it to the floor. The old master designated him as his successor.

    Now come on. Is that Dickey, or is that Dickey?

    • BC - Apr 21, 2011 at 9:38 AM

      The Zen philosopher, Basho, once wrote: “A flute with no holes is not a flute…and a doughnut with no hole is a Danish.”

      • banksatdixie - Apr 21, 2011 at 10:00 AM

        “Thank you very little”

      • Jonny 5 - Apr 21, 2011 at 10:02 AM

        The Realist from New Jersey once said. “Hope in one hand and crap in the other. Now tell me which one fills up first.”

    • snowbirdgothic - Apr 21, 2011 at 10:50 AM

      To be fair, Dickey doesn’t throw hard enough to break a pot.

      • Jonny 5 - Apr 21, 2011 at 11:30 AM

        To be even more fair, Dickey isn’t being paid to break pots. He’s paid to get outs.

      • tsi431 - Apr 21, 2011 at 1:12 PM

        Actually his fastball is in the mid 80′s and even hit 89 this season.

    • Professor Longnose - Apr 21, 2011 at 11:28 AM

      So what are you saying, that baseball teams should be run by crackpots?

      • cur68 - Apr 21, 2011 at 11:56 AM

        You all fail. The correct thing to do is smoke it. That’s what anybody from Vancouver would have done. Then ordered pizza.

      • Old Gator - Apr 21, 2011 at 12:22 PM

        No anchovies? You’ve got the wrong man. I spell my name Danger.

  3. mentalotherhalf - Apr 21, 2011 at 11:43 AM

    Dickey can now add to his rapidly-growing resume (knuckleballer; author; thoroughly-likable-dude) some brand of scientist–geneticist; evolutionary biologist; not sure, maybe Dickey can tell me. Either way, he’s pretty clearly demonstrated that the genes sustaining self-delusion are customarily stored in that connective tissue he was born without.

    That, or he’s a well-disguised member of our new council of robot overlords.

    • cur68 - Apr 21, 2011 at 11:58 AM

      Don’t forget “freak of nature”; he was born without an ulnar collateral ligament (you know; the one that every other pitcher has to have TJ surgery on?). The guy is a mutant. I for one am prepared to show 110% support for our new robot/mutant overlords.

      • Old Gator - Apr 21, 2011 at 12:20 PM

        Let us all praise robot/mutant overlords.

        Oh, and don’t forget to thank the tripods.

      • spudchukar - Apr 21, 2011 at 12:31 PM

        Evidently so is Wainwright.

      • cur68 - Apr 21, 2011 at 12:39 PM

        I think the salute is the knuckle ball grip. We’ll all have to learn it when R.A. and his minions take over.

      • Jonny 5 - Apr 21, 2011 at 12:44 PM

        This helps to explain why many times the President and past Presidents sounded irrational, nonsensical, troublesome, dishonest, etc… It’s those damn teleprompters!! Doomed!!!

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