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Quote of the Day: R.A. Dickey is happy to be with an organization that’s “committed to winning”

Dec 18, 2012, 5:09 PM EDT

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Normally I wouldn’t think much of it, but after a week of some snippy back and forths between the Mets and R.A. Dickey, I’m gonna assume that his comments at his introductory presser with the Blue Jays —  were a slam at the Mets:

“I can’t tell you how excited I am to be a part of an organization that’s committed to winning.”

He didn’t say “actually” between “that’s” and “committed” but I choose to hear it in his tone.

Of course, whether paying a 38 year-old pitcher for three years shows a greater commitment to winning than bringing in a couple of great young prospects who could be part of good Mets teams for a while is an open question. But probably not to someone in Dickey’s position.

  1. fanofevilempire - Dec 18, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    he can say what he feels, there is nothing wrong with that.
    I wish him nothing but the best,
    as they say in Canada, adios amigos.

    • cur68 - Dec 18, 2012 at 5:15 PM

      adios amigos

      We say that? Maybe after a lot of tequila. Mostly I I thought we said “Take off, eh” or is that out of style?

      • doctorfootball - Dec 18, 2012 at 5:30 PM

        Maybe he lives in an alternate Canada that was invaded by Mexico?

      • historiophiliac - Dec 18, 2012 at 5:46 PM

        Well, you used to say that. Now you say “Dickey” and giggle.

      • cur68 - Dec 18, 2012 at 5:51 PM

        I chuckle in a dignified manner. I never giggle.

      • djpostl - Dec 18, 2012 at 5:56 PM

        “Maybe he lives in an alternate Canada that was invaded by Mexico?”

        Seeing how it’s Toronto it’d be more accurate to say “invaded by several Asian nations”

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 18, 2012 at 7:51 PM

        If it’s not Amurika it’s Mexico.

  2. cur68 - Dec 18, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    The Beav are happy to a pitcher who is CAPABLE of winning.

    2 more months. I’m not gonna make it….

    • cur68 - Dec 18, 2012 at 5:17 PM

      All this anticipation of opening day is ruining my ability to proofread. That and tequila.

      Take 2: “The Beav are happy to have a pitcher who is CAPABLE of winning”.

      • ezthinking - Dec 18, 2012 at 6:00 PM

        If you’re proofreading your own, then explain WFT is the Beav? The Beav – from “Leave It to Beaver” would be “is happy” whereas the Beavers as in the Oregon State variety “are happy.” I’m not a policeman of the language, Gator likes him some Feesh references, but where’s the Beav come in? Am I just that slow? Do I need to drink more?

        Help me cur.

      • cur68 - Dec 18, 2012 at 6:14 PM

        New here, eh?

        It’s like this: I take it you are an American. If you are, you have a national animal, right? It’s that carrion eating raptor (seriously, why that bird? A turkey would have been a better choice) the Bald Eagle. Since you have an abundance of teams, its hard to claim any one of them as “The Eagle Wrestlers”, right?

        We Canucks have no such problems. OUR national animal is The Mighty & Noble Beaver. We have but one team (fuck you Jeff Loria . . . and you too, Selig) so hanging “Beaver Wrestlers” on them isn’t at all a process or requiring of much effort. I get tired of typing “Beaver Wrestlers” all the time. Hence: The Beav.

        Now that we have RA Dickey . . . well I am in my glory here. The puns…they write themselves.

        Did you know that for a time last season we had MLB’s one and only Brazilian Born player on The Beav? Yan Gomes. Yep. My Boys had a Brazilian.

        If your national animal had so much excellent traction, could you resist? If so, then like proudlycanadian and some of the other Canucks on this thing who view my affectation for My Boys with a kind of aghast amusement, you, Sir, are a better man than I.

      • paint771 - Dec 18, 2012 at 6:19 PM

        We still have a Brazilian. Like, a Brazilian awesome pitchers.

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        I’m sorry. I hate me too.

      • Old Gator - Dec 18, 2012 at 7:06 PM

        You want to hear a sick Leave it to Beaver story?

        You do?

        Okay, pull that couch a little closer to the fire. Good. Here, stick this hot andiron in your mulled cider. That’ll warm it up. Okay, we’re ready now.

        Once upon a time I had a good pal who was in the rock and roll biz, and found himself road managing the Jan and Dean comeback tour that followed the inexplicable success of the awful TV movie Dead Man’s Curve. Jan Barry still had all the stage presence of a malfunctioning android….

        No, I”m not making this up….

        …and his behavior in general was still as inconsiderate and obnoxious as it had been before he skateboarded at high speed into the back of a parked truck while being towed by a another car. Anyway, he kinda wore down the road crew with his tantrums (Per diem! P-p-per diem!) – which were difficult to interpret because he was intermittently aphaisic – so one night, when they were playing at a summer stock theater during an orf night for its revival of South Pacific (or something equally insipid), the kind of show that inevitably features washed up stage and television stars angling, not unlike R A Dickey four years ago, for their big comeback, their Waiting for Guffman moment somewhere in the vicinity of Dacron, Ohio, the burned out road crew headed for the local bar for some serious quaffing. I mean, serious quaffing.

        My pal staggered back from the bar to his motel room with a copy of the Dacron Republican-Democrat rolled up under his arm. When he got to his room, he began the laborious process of transferring the newspaper to his opposite armpit so he could free up his hand to dig his keys out of his pocket without permitting the paper to unroll. You know these rules, right? Well, as he dug the keys out, the little slot in the ring holding the key to the ungainly plastic fob with the room number on one side and the “If Found Drop in Any Mailbox” invitation on the other (a lost relic of a more elegant age, along with things like Speedy Alka-Seltzer, the little round swastika-shaped plastic 45 RPM spinners in the crackerjack box and the Desitin cod) snagged on a herniated loop of thread inside his pocket as he was taking it out and the newspaper unrolled, fell to the floor, and as he fumbled to catch it the keys fell to the floor too.

        Well. You all know how tomorrow morning’s hangover amplifies the weird grains and demented faux fleur-de-lis patterns in the industrial carpet in a motel hallway and makes them swim up at your eyes when you bend over, right? So my pal is semi-standing there, semi-jacknifed, one hand bracing him against his hotel room door, the other one hanging – not quite purposefully yet – above the key he has not yet quite figured out how to reach without more blood rushing to his marinated brain and making yet worse the spinning sensation and the pulsations of the patterns in the carpet, and worse, whether actually to gather up the Dacron Republican-Democrat or just kick the whole thing into his room once he gets the door open and deal with it tomorrow. Mentile (a more appropriate term than “mental”) paralysis sets in. What to do, and how to do it?

        Suddenly, a pair of wingtips intrude themselves into his field of vision, such as it is. A shadow falls across the discollated fronds of Dacron Republican Democrat. A well manicured hand reaches down, picks up the key, and presses it into his own dangling digits. He grips the key and slowly, slowly, applying friction against the door with his other hand to maintain his purchase, rises up – not quickly enough to give himself the bends, of course – and prepares to face his benefactor. His gaze transits the gaberdines, the modest belt buckle, the light blue pinstriped sportshirt with the beige unfastened sportjacket and its lower and then its upper button….

        And he finds himself looking directly into the face of Wally Cleaver.

      • ezthinking - Dec 18, 2012 at 7:14 PM

        I’ve been around here for a year or so, but wasn’t catching the national animal angle. My bad.

        I’m from up Nort’ in the land of American Indians, Norwegian and German farmers, and most recently retirees from both coasts trying to escape state income tax and high cost of living.

        Straight south of eastern Saskatchewan for you.

        As it concerns the BJs – unfortunate abbreviation unless your on the receiving end – can I suggest using The Beavz or Beavz, as the situation may warrant? It’s a slight nod to grammar and a big nod to coolness.

      • historiophiliac - Dec 18, 2012 at 7:16 PM

        ez — let me correct Ben Franklin of the north there. The Beav is a cowardly flat-tailed mammal that couldn’t beat a Pennsylvania porcupine in a fair fight, so it enlists the help of vegetation — the noble tree — to do all of it’s work: providing shelter, impeding waters, killing, and the like. Note also, because of it’s large front teeth, the Beav is inclined to add the letter “u” to words and turn “z’s” into “s’s” like a drunk person. Hence, it is the national mascot of Canada.

        Oh, and Sam the Bald Eagle can take him.

      • natslady - Dec 18, 2012 at 7:21 PM

        yeah, you get the Beaver. We get Screech the ‘bald eagle.” Wanna trade? I thought not.

        http://washington.nationals.mlb.com/was/fan_forum/mascot.jsp

      • cur68 - Dec 18, 2012 at 7:33 PM

        The Beavz, eh? Someone rather obnoxiously called me out for using the “z” for “s” in “boobz” once. I like this idea on merit alone, but with that as a kicker…sold.

        Gator: it just goes to show, Wally Cleaver learned a lot from The Beav.

        @’philliac: WHAT???? How dare you disparage our Brave & Noble Beast!! For the record (and the win, I might add) our giant rat is so badass (especially as compared to Sam The Carrion Eater) that one member of the species made a credible and spirited attempt at taking out a person:

        http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/1251992–rabid-beaver-attacks-virginia-woman-83-as-she-finishes-swim

        Admittedly she was an octogenarian and the Beav had the rabies cooties but DAMN, that’s one BIG, Badazz Beaver.

        No Bald Eagle ever did anything near as cool.

      • Old Gator - Dec 18, 2012 at 7:41 PM

        Ah, but now, through the negotiating wizardry of Anthopoulos, the Mere Beavers have been transformed – cloned from DNA taken from prehistoric ticks trapped in the permafrost, perhaps – into the dreaded Dire Beaver of collective species memory….

        http://www.google.com/imgres?q=pictures+of+giant+pleistocene+beaver&hl=en&sa=X&tbo=d&biw=1024&bih=667&tbm=isch&tbnid=lXCkAi0JVvVLjM:&imgrefurl=http://powip.com/2011/05/giant-beavers-a-fossil-memory-from-1972/&docid=U1cfMrLNZkOZ6M&imgurl=http://powip.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/Giant-Beaver.jpg&w=500&h=375&ei=8gvRUIPJJqj1ygG_woGABg&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=724&vpy=123&dur=9242&hovh=194&hovw=259&tx=198&ty=112&sig=110745869430647069817&page=1&tbnh=132&tbnw=171&start=0&ndsp=20&ved=1t:429,r:4,s:0,i:102

        In the timbers of Fennario
        The wolves are runnin’ round.
        The beavers were so big and mean
        Not a single tree was found

        Don’t gnaw on me….

      • cur68 - Dec 18, 2012 at 7:44 PM

        Y’know Gator, if I hadn’t already settled on “Rabid Beaverz” as a fantasy team name…

      • historiophiliac - Dec 18, 2012 at 7:48 PM

        My God! Are you gloating about taking out an 83 year old woman?! For shame, Sir! For shaaaaaame!

      • proudlycanadian - Dec 18, 2012 at 9:49 PM

        There really are wild beavers living in Toronto. They can be found in relatively isolated treed areas along Lake Ontario. There is also a herd of wild deer near the airport.

        Furthermore, I have seen a pack of wolves and some bears in the city.

        Of course, the wolves and bears were at the zoo.

      • Old Gator - Dec 19, 2012 at 9:47 AM

        I’ve seen quite a few of them along Queen West on the weekends, too – and there are no trees left standing near the bar in Hugh’s Room, either.

      • nbjays - Dec 20, 2012 at 8:57 AM

        Hey, ‘philiac, go easy on our noble national symbol.

        You say the beaver is “cowardly”?? Can your national carrion bird chew his way through a whole fricken’ tree? No, huh?

        Can your high-and-mighty two-toned crow stop the flow of a river? Didn’t think so?

        Does your hairless hawk have a delectable pastry named after his posterior appendage? I thought not!

        The defense rests. I am damn proud to have the Beav as my national symbol. (Can’t say the same about the “Bieb” , though.)

        Come baseball season, beware the Beav!

  3. bobappraisals - Dec 18, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    The mets don’t care about winning. They get the leftovers of the baseball lovers that don’t worship the Yankees. They talk like they are great every year to bring fans in as they know they will lose them by June. Finally they have no management whatsoever from the minors on up. Losers like every year.

    • thebadguyswon - Dec 18, 2012 at 5:38 PM

      I’ll bet their farm system is stronger than your teams.

      • senioreditor2 - Dec 18, 2012 at 5:54 PM

        The Mets are ranked 15th…..so your odds aren’t too good.

        http://www.minorleagueball.com/2012/1/23/2728027/2012-baseball-farm-system-rankings-prospects

      • ltzep75 - Dec 18, 2012 at 6:10 PM

        doesn’t that make his odds somewhere around 1 : 2 (before the deal)?

      • thebadguyswon - Dec 18, 2012 at 7:24 PM

        I’ll take my chances.

      • nova62 - Dec 18, 2012 at 9:36 PM

        That ranking is outdated. It was done last January. I’m sure with the newer rankings the Mets system will come out well ahead of the Yankees.

  4. mrfloydpink - Dec 18, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    Craig, how come you didn’t use the Kelso “sick burn” photo?

  5. jfk69 - Dec 18, 2012 at 5:32 PM

    Good luck RA… While we are stuck with the Wilpon/Madoff Mets..You Madeoff. Nobody else was offering more than Toronto. Which would include your new paycheck.
    Even if the MUTTS paid up for you. They would have still needed three outfielders,a catcher,closer and middle relief help to compete. If you were 28 instead of 38…OK
    Count your blessings

  6. kappy32 - Dec 18, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    I’m a diehard mets fan & I can’t argue with him there. The Mets are more concerned with saving money & collecting “prospects.”

  7. thebadguyswon - Dec 18, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    Nice reach Craig,

  8. paint771 - Dec 18, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    That Dickey presser was fun. He’s clearly got a bit of a chip on his shoulder, both from his knuckleball and his Mets experience over the last month.

    A chip on the shoulder ain’t a bad thing in an incoming pitcher.

    • thebadguyswon - Dec 18, 2012 at 6:41 PM

      He has no chip against the Mets. This is blatant sensationalism.

      • paint771 - Dec 18, 2012 at 7:25 PM

        He felt the need to defend his value about 20 times in the presser, noted how much he appreciated AA seeing past his kunckleball to make an honest appraisal of his results, talked about how he liked the fact that the Jays mgmt came and looked him in the eye, about how the last three years proved that he can get things done, yadda yadda yadda. He repeated most of those things a few times at least.

        Yeah, you can read in that if you want to, but as a guy with no dog in the fight – and no knock on the Mets whatsoever – he very clearly sounded like a guy who feels like he’s not gotten his due and still has to prove himself. In a way he wasn’t even six months ago or even at the close of the season.

        Again, I really have no dog in the fight here (I’m a Toronto fan but root for the Mets as the non-despicable NYC team and who thought they made a smart baseball move here), but it was very hard to come away from that presser not under the impression that he was a bit charged up from his experience the last few weeks.

      • thebadguyswon - Dec 18, 2012 at 9:01 PM

        Perhaps. But judging from his tweet the other day, he’s grateful for the chance they gave him. I’d bet he’s pissed about the Davidoff article, as he should be. But I’m not sure he believes that wasn’t speculation by the writer.

    • nova62 - Dec 18, 2012 at 9:43 PM

      The only thing he was upset about in that presser was the fact the Mets didn’t keep him. He was clearly sad to leave the Mets. He felt they were the ones who gave him his first and best opportunity to excel. Having said that, he is glad he is going to at least a team with a good chance to win.

  9. vallewho - Dec 18, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    Actually!

  10. proudlycanadian - Dec 18, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    He did tell the Mets that if he was traded, he wanted to go to a team that had a chance to win. He got his wish.

    The Beaver Wrestlers have a great chance to make the playoffs and possibly win the World Series.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Dec 19, 2012 at 9:59 AM

      Got his wish? hahahahaha yea a team that hasnt smell the playoffs in 20 years and you call that getting his wish? He will be asking to be traded by the end of next year, bank on it!

      • dmcmillan2286 - Dec 22, 2012 at 7:08 PM

        Funny little troll!

        Jays are favorites to win the World Series: I think they know just a bit more about which team is going to be winning…

  11. modellforprez - Dec 18, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    this is more nonsense than 98% of my insensitive ignorant bigotry filled comments

  12. Carl Hancock - Dec 18, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    I’d say the trade with the Marlins showed their commitment to winning NOW not years from now like the Mets. Trading for the reigning NL Cy Young winner is just icing for Jays fans. Enjoy it. Wish my team (Cardinals) was making moves like this. But I’ll settle for their conservative consistency.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Dec 19, 2012 at 10:00 AM

      get back to us on that Carl at the end of the year when the jays are still in 4th place

  13. sdelmonte - Dec 18, 2012 at 9:09 PM

    That is an unnecessary remark. Can’t say I respect him as much as I used to.

    • nova62 - Dec 18, 2012 at 9:55 PM

      It’s taken out of context. Dickey preceded that remark by saying:

      “I am sad. And I think it’s important for me to grieve that. I think it’s important for me to grieve leaving New York. I had a proverbial home there. I had a home among fans. I had a home in an organization. I had a lot of success there. And I think it’s important for me to be sad about that for a moment before I go on to the next feeling.And that next feeling has already arrived for me. So I’ve grieved what I need to grieve.”

      Put into this context, that comment about an organization committed to winning sounds more like a way to balance out the emotions expressed in the preceding sentence above.

  14. drewzducks - Dec 18, 2012 at 9:25 PM

    Committed to winning? I guess in comparison to the Mets that’s not saying much but a team with a 19 year playoff drought shouldn’t inspire that much confidence. Two years ago “on paper” the Red Sox looked like a lock for a playoff run and we all know how that turned out, and lest we forget the excitement surrounding last years new look Marlins. I’d feel a lot better had they brought back Tim Johnson aka Rambo for part deux.

  15. moogro - Dec 18, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    Ahh, the detente of the off-season. Blogs R Bettur when they riff and not poke.

    • Old Gator - Dec 19, 2012 at 8:19 AM

      Eh. I spend the orfseason playing Ouija Scrabble and there’s just as much untethered rancor floating around. Just the other day I pissed off a fourteenth century Venetian nobleman with “teflon.”

      • Gamera the Brave - Dec 19, 2012 at 11:03 AM

        No fair, Gator – your OED is bigger than his, and in this case size DOES matter!

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