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R.A. Dickey: Real Man

Mar 29, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

RA Dickey pitch

Andy Martino has a really nice column up about R.A. Dickey today.

The upshot: in the wake of the revelations about his personal life the other day, Dickey’s ability to be open, frank and to stand up and answer questions about the sorts of things most of us — and virtually all professional athletes — would be unable or unwilling to do shows that he is more of a real man than any of the macho stereotypes who get that label.

He’s not a saint, obviously. The stuff he did that risked his marriage shows that.  But unlike most of us, Dickey seems to be well aware of his flaws and his demons and it’s pretty astounding to see someone be so honest about them in public like he is.

  1. cur68 - Mar 29, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    And he throws knuckleball WITHOUT an ulnar collateral ligament. That is the pinnacle of pitching stud, right there.

    • Old Gator - Mar 29, 2012 at 11:45 AM

      Got my shipping notice from Amazon two days ago so the book ought to be in my clutches within a day or two at the most. Really looking forward to reading it.

  2. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Mar 29, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    Dickey is everything I love about a baseball player. Kindness, an easygoing personanable way of being, open, and has an old-school way about him at the same time.

    • patg1041 - Mar 29, 2012 at 11:36 AM

      I’m kind of curious. How does this comment get a thumbs down? Does the person who gave this a thumbs down disagree with the assessment of R.A. Dickey or do they agree and would just prefer that he be an asshole?

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 29, 2012 at 11:45 AM

        You learn soon enough that there are some people out there who thumbs down a commenter merely based on the name. It sucks, but it’s the way of life around.

      • cur68 - Mar 29, 2012 at 11:48 AM

        Yeah, but who doesn’t like Matt Stairs? Must be Jonathan Broxton. Hi Mr. Broxton.

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Mar 29, 2012 at 11:56 AM

        Whoever hates Matt Stairs isn’t human.

      • Old Gator - Mar 29, 2012 at 12:58 PM

        Look at the bright side: the thumbs-down is as innocuous as it is juvenile, since it may well be enough for the moron who used it. Otherwise, we’d have to endure actually reading a message from the same moron.

        Frankly, I’d just as soon HBT dumped these stupid thumbs up/down images anyway. They’re easy to manipulate so the ratios of approval/disapproval they express are nearly meaningless, and they permit the lurking assholes who use them to avoid actually entering into the discussion with explanations of their reactions. Granted, in the cases of certain correspondents here that might be a blessing, but in the end these silly icons defeat the whole purpose of having a discussion forum in the first place.

      • stlouis1baseball - Mar 29, 2012 at 1:13 PM

        Pat: What Church said pretty much sums it up. With this in mind…I readily admit that ANYTHING BuffaloMafia posts gets a thumbs down from me. Kind of Chumpish I will admit.

    • stex52 - Mar 29, 2012 at 12:02 PM

      And enough class to be different without being afraid of it. Not so easy these days.

  3. El Bravo - Mar 29, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    …plus that picture is awesome.

  4. papasadappa - Mar 29, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    This guy is so awesome. I read an article last year that he names his bats after weapons in literature. Last year it was “Orcrist the Goblin Cleaver” from the Hobbit and “Hrunting” from Beowulf. Awesome !!!

    http://bats.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/30/r-a-dickeys-well-named-arsenal/

  5. ptfu - Mar 29, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Hopefully a copy of Dickey’s book makes it to Matt Bush’s prison library. Matt, you could do a lot worse than reflect on him and Josh Hamilton, among others…

  6. koufaxmitzvah - Mar 29, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    “Wherever I Wind Up”

    Great title.

    Way to go, R.A.

  7. shawnuel - Mar 29, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    Heard Dickey this morning on a Fox radio show (Andy something and Artrelle Hawkins) and he may be my new hero. The dude is fiercely intelligent on top of all the other attributes espoused here.

  8. Glen - Mar 29, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    On top of everything else that is Manly about him, his last name is Dickey. That’s like the strawberry glaze on the cheesecake.

  9. baseballisboring - Mar 29, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    Most people aren’t saints…really no one, in fact. The hardest thing to do in life is to not be a complete piece of shit, and people love to conveniently forget all the bad things they’ve done and make a collection out of the good ones. I have tons of respect for people who can be honest about their shortcomings because we all have WAY more than we let on.

  10. sasquash20 - Mar 29, 2012 at 6:58 PM

    He was sexually asaulted by a 13 year old girl. Boo hoo, what a typical loser Met. Sorry if I don’t think that is that bad.

    • lostsok - Mar 29, 2012 at 10:02 PM

      So…you’re a either a Catholic bishop…or just a run of the mill dick.

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