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R.A. Dickey bids farewell to New York with column

Dec 23, 2012, 2:02 PM EST

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Instead of buying an ad in a paper to say his goodbye to Mets fans, knuckleballer R.A. Dickey penned an entire column.

Here’s a snippet from the New York Daily News:

I may not pitch for the home team anymore (a friend told me I now have to start calling myself a Canuckleball pitcher ) but wherever I go from here — wherever I might wind up in the future — I hope you know that I will never forget my three years in New York, and never be able to adequately thank you for everything you’ve given me.

The entire thing is worth reading, whether you’re a Mets fan or not.

Dickey wound up posting a 2.95 ERA and 1.15 WHIP in 616 2/3 total innings for his now-former team. He was the 2012 Cy Young Award winner in the National League.

  1. proudlycanadian - Dec 23, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    A very nice column. It reflects well on him as a person.

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 24, 2012 at 7:02 AM

      I hope the Canadians treat him well.
      as they say in Canada………..

      adios amigos!

      • proudlycanadian - Dec 24, 2012 at 7:32 AM

        He will be treated very well. There have been many favourable articles about him in local newspapers. In Toronto he will probably meet another author of baseball books. I expect that he will have a lot in common with Dirk Hayhurst. Hayhurst now has a regular spot on a local sports talk radio station.

      • Old Gator - Dec 24, 2012 at 10:47 AM

        I gotta think that if he merely remains himself, the Toronto fans will fall in love with him.

        Ya think an evangelical would do a Molson commercial?

  2. charlutes - Dec 23, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    Earth to Americans, Canada is awesome, especially Toronto. Just ask any person who has ever lived here. Dickey should be ecstatic.

    • Old Gator - Dec 23, 2012 at 4:09 PM

      You don’t have to live there to appreciate it. I visit maybe two or three times a year and know that town is great. He’ll fall in love with it.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Dec 23, 2012 at 5:19 PM

      Yea canada is real awesome, ever meet french canadians? the rudest people you will ever meet, wish they would stay in canada where they belong. As for dickey he wont even notice he got traded because the mets and jays share the same spot in the standings, near the bottom…

      • tfbuckfutter - Dec 23, 2012 at 5:37 PM

        Pff….

        I live in Florida and old Canadians flock here like mad in the winter months.

        And aside from being slow ass drivers (like all old people) I can honestly say they are the friendliest people in this state for the time they are here.

        Also, they refer to their electicity as “hydro” because of the hydroelectric plants in Canada….so when you are working on one guys service four or five will wander up and say “Sumptin wrong witcher hydro eh?”

        It’s hilarious. I love those old canucks.

      • cur68 - Dec 23, 2012 at 5:43 PM

        “Sumptin wrong witcher hydro eh?”

        That. Was. Hilarious. I’ve never seen Old Eastern Canuckistanian written out before. You nailed it. Now I hope I don’t sound like that. Eh.

  3. butchhuskey - Dec 23, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    “What a shameless, self-promoting jerk!” – Ken Davidoff

    • chrisny3 - Dec 23, 2012 at 3:43 PM

      Dickey is a first class human being all the way. Any resentment of him among those in the clubhouse or those in the NY media I’m convinced stems from utter pettiness and/or jealousy. That includes Davidoff.

      I also think Davidoff dislikes Mets fans a lot, and so his aim is to discredit and devalue anything Mets fans hold in high regard. Now before anyone thinks I’m just a biased Mets fan, consider what Davidoff did on his HOF ballot. He voted in Clemens and Bonds, but left off Piazza based on some bogus and extremely flimsy statistical excuse. Obviously he couldn’t use PEDs suspicion as the reason since he voted in Clemens and Bonds, so he trumped up a statistical excuse based on WAR and JAWS, or so he claimed. The problem with WAR is that it is inherently weak for judging catchers since it’s based on playing time, and catchers don’t log a lot of playing time in relation to other elite players. JAWS, however, is an excellent method to use for determining HOF eligibility. The problem is, Davidoff apparently wasn’t paying attention to JAWS or didn’t understand the stat he later claimed to rely on. Because the creator of JAWS, a man named Jaffe, has Piazza in the HOF.

      Another reason for Davidoff’s recent antics is a cry for attention and page clicks. Since he’s moved from Newsday to the NY Post, his readership has declined significantly. So Davidoff’s smear campaign against Dickey should be viewed within this broader context.

      Dickey is one of the most respected and well-liked players to ever put on a Mets uniform. And that has as much to do with his behavior off the field as on it. Which is certainly not the case with most players revered by Mets fans. Dickey is a unique athlete who Mets fans will miss, and we wish him all the best.

  4. bostonboy82 - Dec 23, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    Wow. This guy thinks a lot of himself.

    • cur68 - Dec 23, 2012 at 2:44 PM

      Please explain. Show your work.

      • Old Gator - Dec 23, 2012 at 3:49 PM

        No thanks. I’m certainly not going to correct his writing. I’m on break.

      • indaburg - Dec 23, 2012 at 7:25 PM

        Here’s the mathematical proof of his work:

        Normal person + anonymity + captive audience = total fuckwad

      • koufaxmitzvah - Dec 24, 2012 at 8:58 AM

        Indaburg is after my heart.

      • The Rabbit - Dec 24, 2012 at 9:31 AM

        @indaburg
        Normal person + anonymity + captive audience = total fuckwad

        Nope. I believe the correct answer is “total fuckweasel”

      • IdahoMariner - Dec 24, 2012 at 6:23 PM

        i like fuckwad. weasels get a bad rap.

    • raysfan1 - Dec 23, 2012 at 2:59 PM

      On the contrary, his column shows a lot of class and humble gratitude–the exact opposite of your accusation. I was never a big RA Dickey fan previously, other than generally enjoying watching knuckleballers pitch. However, that has now changed. I wish him all the success in the world (except of course when he pitches against my Rays).

      • indaburg - Dec 23, 2012 at 3:29 PM

        If you liked his column, Raysfan, I recommend that you read his book. It’s very well written, and you can’t help but like the guy. The best parts are where he describes the intricacies of throwing the knuckle pitch and the “brotherhood of knuckleballers.” It really gave me an even deeper appreciation of the craft.

      • Old Gator - Dec 23, 2012 at 3:56 PM

        Ackcherley, although I found the narrative fascinating, if you compare the writing style of the book to, say, Biggeth Dicketh’s Kilimanjaro dispatches, the dispatches were much livelier, the prose more sinuous and engaging. The writing style of the book just reeks of the flatness and tonal monotony adored by the commercial copyeditor (in this case one Wayne Coffey). It’s a long established blanderizing process enforced by publishing houses with dollar signs on their corneas in the name of, uh, “communiciation” or “clarity.” I wish they had just left the guy alone to write his own damned book in his own, not even especially idiosyncratic style.

      • Old Gator - Dec 23, 2012 at 4:14 PM

        Incidentally, the column sounds like the Daily News folks, at least, left him alone to write his own goodbye. “Canuckleball” is a great, typically Biggeth Dicketh comment. The “friend” to whom he ascribes it may be a mere construct or may be real, but either way, here’s hoping the Toronto press and fans pick it up and run with it.

      • ptfu - Dec 23, 2012 at 6:11 PM

        The “Canuckleball” bit is pure gold. Beaverland is going to love them some Dickey!

      • indaburg - Dec 23, 2012 at 6:48 PM

        As far as baseball books go, it’s pretty good. No one is mistaking it for Robert Conrad, but it is better than average for its genre. Like OG said, the narrative is very interesting. Some of the stories he tells are priceless (see swimming across the Missouri River).

      • Old Gator - Dec 23, 2012 at 9:33 PM

        Um….Joseph Conrad? Or maybe you were thinking of Leonid Nabokov?

      • Old Gator - Dec 23, 2012 at 9:57 PM

        raysfeathers, that idiot from Boston already endowed this thread with its full quotient of imbecility. Your typically – should we say inveterately? – uninformed remarks about Biggeth Dicketh is merely a message from the Department of Redundancy Department tonight.

        Incidentally, while you’re busy scratching your brain stem (and I’m being generous here) about what you got wrong this time, Dickey’s ERA against the American League was 1.29 last season, including back to back one-hitters against the Razed and Gloryholes, the first and only time that’s ever been done.

        Aww, but you already knew that, right? You just pretend not to know what you’re talking about because your Zen master gave you another humility exercise.

      • indaburg - Dec 23, 2012 at 11:49 PM

        No, OG, I was referring to Joseph’s little known and frequently overlooked brother, Robert. ;-)

        I was making coquito tonight in preparation for tomorrow and I think I may have sampled a little bit too much. It’s delicious.

      • Old Gator - Dec 24, 2012 at 10:55 AM

        Yeah, coquito is amazing – basically, it’s a coconut rum eggnog, for those who do not frequent the tropics.

        It’s funny you should mention that. Last night I went to a Chris…heh heh, sorry, I mean, a Holidays Party (we’re at war, after all) at a coffee roasting factory (Cafe Don Pablo – great coffee, helluva nice guy runs it and frequents the legendary Luna Star cafe and joins me in worshipping in respectful Provencal style the lissome Brie) where there was served a sublime ceviche made with a dash of coconut milk. Ohboy.

        The kitchen is home to secrets and mysteries beside which the sacred grove of Nemi seems like a neglected vegetable garden behind a Cleveland brownstone.

    • jimeejohnson - Dec 24, 2012 at 12:07 PM

      What the hell do you all expect from a POS “Boston” boy?

  5. cur68 - Dec 23, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    One the balance of getting one of the best pitchers in MLB, its an understatement to say I was pretty happy with this trade. This guy is a legitimately good, even great, pitcher. Looking over what he wrote: no sense of bitterness, of hurt feelings, of “how dare you do this to me”. Just gratitude and an appreciation for the chance he was given. The Mets got really, really, REALLY lucky when they took that chance. Not once does RA say “I TOLD you I could do this!”. Instead just gratitude for the chance. Well, hell. How do people find it possible to hate on this guy? This makes Davidoff’s hatchet job seem even more inexplicable.

    Welcome to Canada, Robert Allen Dickey. I hope you like it here.

    • indaburg - Dec 23, 2012 at 3:22 PM

      Dickey is too humble of a guy to ever say, “I told you I could do this.” He doubted himself as much as anyone. The Mets got lucky, but so did Dickey, and to his credit, he knows it. His choice was the Mets or Korea. Twenty-nine other teams were unwilling to take that risk. It’s a shame the Mets couldn’t have ended this relationship more amicably. Instead, it became an ugly divorce. It is good of him not to be bitter and instead, to be grateful to those Mets fans who willed him to succeed. I think he’ll like Toronto, and I hope he does well. (Just not against the Rays.)

      • chrisny3 - Dec 23, 2012 at 3:50 PM

        I think it’s inaccurate to call it an “ugly divorce.” Only Davidoff had some real issues with Dickey. The Mets traded Dickey not because of any problems with him. It was a pure baseball/business decision, and he knows that.

        Years from now when his career is over and he writes about this chapter in his life, I doubt he’ll have a bad thing to say about the Mets front office or his teammates. Davidoff and some others in the media may be another matter.

      • indaburg - Dec 23, 2012 at 6:26 PM

        I agree it’s a business decision. I just think that the business decision could’ve been handled in a more professional manner, without the “anonymous” Mets sources saying less than nice things about Dickey. It seemed liked the Mets were cribbing notes from the Red Sox–nobody leaves unscathed.

      • Old Gator - Dec 23, 2012 at 4:07 PM

        Cur, as a big fan of TO it’s hard to imagine a guy like Dicketh not falling in love with it. I can’t imagine but after a few months getting to know it, he’ll be writing columns or keeping a journal describing the process of discovery. I’ll look forward to reading ‘em.

      • cur68 - Dec 23, 2012 at 4:31 PM

        Its a pity the Expos are gone (fuck you, Jeff Loria….and you too, Selig) because that’s who I wish he played for. Montreal has much to recommend it to a guy like Dickey. The culture, the old world feel of the buildings. The way no one pays the slightest attention to the traffic lights, just like in Europe. Even its baseball culture is better. This is the city who’s residents, in 1946, chased Jackie Robinson down a street. Why? To get his autograph. They have a plaque up on his home there from when Robinson played at old Delorimier Stadium as a minor-leaguer for the Montreal Royals. The food is better and the politics are crazy. The women…well they need to shave more, but so what? He’s married. Anyhow, that’s where I wish he was going. More so, if he WAS gonna be an Expo, I’d still HAVE The Expos.

        Toronto is a huge multicultural melting pot. Its lovely in parts, lively and fun. You can eat well there for very little and live well if you are rich. He’ll be fine and probably very happy. Still, if he was an Expo…it would be better.

      • stex52 - Dec 23, 2012 at 5:07 PM

        You surprise me, Cur. A while back, on one of the threads, you talked Montreal down a bit when I mentioned how much I liked it. I haven’t had the pleasure of Toronto yet, although I am looking forward to going up there.

        I liked the old world feel of Montreal, definitely. But I’ve heard nothing but good of Toronto (except for real estate prices).

      • stex52 - Dec 23, 2012 at 5:10 PM

        And I agree with Chris. It’s not personal. Dickey doesn’t fit on a rebuilding team. I think he has a lot of class. And I go back years disliking the Mets (1986 to be exact). But this was the right deal for both sides. If it had gone down more quickly, there probably would have been no hint of bad feelings.

      • indaburg - Dec 23, 2012 at 6:27 PM

        Like I said to Chris, I agree it’s a business decision. But business was made a little personal, unnecessarily so.

      • cur68 - Dec 23, 2012 at 5:34 PM

        Well South Texas, we were having one of our rounds of “French Canadian Discontent” back then. I usually get all pissy with them for that. But as baseball people go, they’re a pretty good bunch and no matter what, they treated Jackie Robinson with respect. Hell, lets face it: they loved him. I got a soft spot in my heart (such as it is) for Montreal because of that. Still, many people prefer Toronto over Montreal. Its livelier, has better weather, and its more multicultural. I’m just thinking a guy as rounded, travelled, erudite, and thoughtful as RA might care for Montreal’s European feel over Toronto’s “Festival Of Concrete” feel. Montreal-ers really fancy themselves as having more class than the average Canadian. Hell, maybe they do. Some people do eat their seal blubber with a knife and fork, I hear. Still, he’ll have a pretty good time in TO. When you get to TO, you’ll have a good time. Most people do.

      • indaburg - Dec 23, 2012 at 7:11 PM

        I have heard that Toronto has a real NYC feel to it, with its multi-culture vibe. Dickey was a working class New Yorker hero, a son of Tennessee. Montreal sounds a little fancy.

        Nice pic. Swarthy. The Jays have gotten so good, you no longer feel like punching yourself in the face?

      • cur68 - Dec 23, 2012 at 7:19 PM

        Ah the new pic for my Gravator. Better than the one that looked like I was punching myself, eh? And yes, I ROCK the swarthy. That’s me in my paler incarnation, too. You should see me after I get some sun: two eyes and a set of perfect teeth gleaming at you out of the Pitch Black. I even scare myself.

        I hope RA lives in Eastern Canada long enough to get some of that accent they got there. Between his faint Tennessee drawl and the Eastern Canadian tendency to sound slightly drunk all the time, it’d be one hell of an accent.

        “I can trow d’canuckelball, y’all, eh?”

      • indaburg - Dec 23, 2012 at 7:34 PM

        Looking good, cur. This Jays’ reincarnation has obviously reinvigorated you.

        Ha! That hybrid accent would be hysterical.

        98 days and counting.

  6. bostonboy82 - Dec 23, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    He talks like he’s gods gift to baseball and like he spent 20 years dedicated to the same team, thru struggles, good times and bad. Whatever,maybe him and Tebow can hang out in Canada. And get a hair cut ya hippie.

    • Old Gator - Dec 23, 2012 at 4:00 PM

      Boy, what an uncomprehending schmuck you are – a perfect fanboy for that cauldron of toxic spite and bile otherwise misrepresented as the Beanbag front orifice. How does the song go – I wish that just one time you could stand inside my shoes / you’d know what a drag it is to see you.

    • cur68 - Dec 23, 2012 at 4:01 PM

      You don’t read English, do you? Its the only explanation for how you come you come to this after reading that article.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Dec 23, 2012 at 5:21 PM

        And you dont write English moron

      • cur68 - Dec 23, 2012 at 5:37 PM

        You forget the period after “moron”. But, on the plus side, you did capitalize a the beginning of the sentence. Good work! Those prison HS degree courses commin’ in handy, eh?

      • indaburg - Dec 23, 2012 at 7:20 PM

        No apology needed to borrow that gif. Arguing against ignorance is the greater good, although I really hope Dickey doesn’t repeat that particularly devastating performance against my boys.

    • rayfeathers - Dec 23, 2012 at 5:08 PM

      agreed. he seems to be in love with his own story and acts like he was some mets legend. cant wait to see the AL east tee off on him.

      • richyballgame - Dec 23, 2012 at 6:08 PM

        He had no problem beating down the Rays last year.

      • cur68 - Dec 23, 2012 at 7:07 PM

        I must apologize to my friend, and Rays Superfan, Indaburg. I’m going to throw a .gif she sent me into my comment here. It’s RA’s Canuckellball from when he was a Met and DESTROYING the Rays last season. I’m sure she intended it to be used for good, which may or may not include include talking smack with another Rays fan. Still, a homer’s gotta do what a homer’s gotta do…

        ‘burg informs me that the batter is Wil Rhymes: not exactly Dog’s Gift To Hitting. Stiil, can you count the number of times that thing changes direction? If you can, you’ll probably be right in thinking that not too many people are going to be able to Tee-Off on that thing. Given that the rest of the rays squad got exactly ONE hit off of RA in that game, I’m certainly feeling pretty safe thinking that.

      • Old Gator - Dec 23, 2012 at 10:05 PM

        Well, WordPress played one of its Mephistophelian little tricks on me above, so I need to re-contextualize this post – I don’t want anyone to think that I actually predicted raysfeathers would appear later on and say something predictably stupid; I don’t even want to give the appearance of having been warned by one of the fourteenth century Venetian noblemen with whom I play Ouija Scrabble of a rainy night. No, I want to be clear about this: I meant it to show up here:

        raysfeathers, that idiot from Boston already endowed this thread with its full quotient of imbecility. Your typically – should we say inveterately? – uninformed remarks about Biggeth Dicketh is merely a message from the Department of Redundancy Department tonight.

        Incidentally, while you’re busy scratching your brain stem (and I’m being generous here) about what you got wrong this time, Dickey’s ERA against the American League was 1.29 last season, including back to back one-hitters against the Razed and Gloryholes, the first and only time that’s ever been done.

        Aww, but you already knew that, right? You just pretend not to know what you’re talking about because your Zen master gave you another humility exercise.

  7. shawnuel - Dec 23, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    Was just logging on to suggest that, perhaps, Bostonboy was being sarcastic in his first post and we should lay off him. Sure glad I scrolled to the bottom first. Have at it!

    • djpostl - Dec 23, 2012 at 4:02 PM

      He’s from Boston, a.k.a “the Armpit of New England”, so we should lay off anyways. That’s like making fun of people with a disability. They just can’t help it.

    • cur68 - Dec 23, 2012 at 4:03 PM

      He’s not doing himself or his team or The Town any favours here. Someone wrote to a similar hack/troll not long back “You can be anything on the internet and you choose to be this”. Its appropriate for this guy, too.

  8. Carl Hancock - Dec 23, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    I like Dickey. Enjoyed the Knuckleball documentary. I hope he does well in Toronto. I’m not a fan of either team involved.

    But dude, you were only there 3 years. A nice ad in the paper would suffice. An entire column? Maybe there is some truth to the rumors about him being full of himself.

    • cur68 - Dec 23, 2012 at 4:36 PM

      In those 3 years he went from nowhere to Cy Young. He turned his life around as a ball player. It may not be any time at all for you or me but I bet to him they were the best days of his life so far. What would you say to the people who were a part of your best days and those days were as accomplished as RA’s?

      • Old Gator - Dec 24, 2012 at 10:42 AM

        And there’s the practical consideration here. You take out an ad, you have to pay for it out of your own motheaten pocket. If the Daily News offers you a column, they pay you. it’s a no-brainer.

  9. maritime85 - Dec 23, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    mets suck, they shoulda traded wright not dickey. what a joke of a franchize. mets jets SUCK SUCK.SUCK

  10. washburn1000 - Dec 23, 2012 at 11:13 PM

    Dickey has been one of the few bright spots for Mets fan and more importantly is a class act. All the talk of Dickey being a problem in the clubhouse was the usual Wilpon character assassination treatment (same as reports of Davis being a drunk last year when the mets were considering trading him). Crazy Freddy is a scumbag and needs to be forced out of Major League Baseball.

  11. charlielmo - Dec 25, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    R.A. Dickey is like the annoying guest who got up to leave an hour before, but still lingers. Dude … great season last year. Thank you for pumping up your trade value. Now, go away.

    As for the guy who commented that the Mets should have dealt Wright instead, you’re half-right (wright?). They should’ve dealt both, and were it not for the legion of diaper-wearing Mets fans who MUST have their heroes to diddle, Alderson probably would have. If you’re going to commit to the Moneyball model, then surely Wright’s salary versus his production doesn’t work over the long-term.

    • Old Gator - Dec 25, 2012 at 12:06 PM

      I guess that’s true – if your idea of “annoying” is a selfless toiler for charity causes, who wins your team twenty games when it would have lost more than a hundred without him, and pours extra cash through your turnstiles when the fans would have stayed home and bathed their dogs if anyone else had been pitching.

      • charlielmo - Dec 25, 2012 at 7:08 PM

        I’m sure such a selfless soul as R.A. will pony up the dough for a one-way ticket to Toronto for you, because you need to be among his tedious disciples. This cult of personality that has grown around him (and has been nurtured by his self-fueled publicity machine going back to that infamous in-game interview with McCarver and Buck at Wrigley Field two seasons ago) is bordering on frightening. I really believe that some of you will kill in his name. Take a pill.

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