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R.a. Dickey Newsbeat

Friday, December 18, 2015

Daily News lifts curtain on the backstage drama at Major League Baseball’s Winter Meetings

Some interesting stuff here on the Zobrist signing, when the Mets traded Dickey, and the twitterization of rumors.

Moments later, asked if the Mets would pursue a reunion with the star free agent Yoenis Cespedes, who became a fan favorite while slugging the team into the playoffs, Ricco says, “Right now, I would put it as unlikely that we would bring him back, but it’s still a possibility.”

A bell rings in my brain. I hear a headline. “Ricco: Mets ‘unlikely’ to sign Cespedes.” This is not a surprise, as the free-swinging 30-year-old is expected to seek a six-year contract, which would last well into his decline phase. What’s notable is that Ricco feels emboldened to say it publicly, more assuredly than he’s been in the past. The job this week is to lead, and dammit, he is going to push himself.

Pushing, stressing, working until you’re fried: That’s the Winter Meetings, for Ricco and pretty much everyone else. A palpable sense of energy courses through the air: a wired combo of working, schmoozing, stressing, drinking, then sleeping for four or five hours and waking up for more waiting, bragging, doubting and striving. That’s a big one here: striving. Everyone, no matter what they have achieved, is always striving, striving, striving. Players, reporters, front office workers, agents — all striving for something more: a richer contract, a bigger scoop, a better job, a stronger scotch, whatever. The Mets need that World Series feeling again, but everyone here needs something.


Tuesday, October 20, 2015

R.A. Dickey’s Game 4 start will showcase elusive knuckleball to huge audience: DiManno | Toronto Star

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons does not appear to be a fan — perhaps because it’s not a manly pitch. It’s fickle and fey. Not to bang on about it, but Gibbons did pull Dickey in Game 4 of the Division Series against Texas with two out in the fifth and Toronto cruising along, up 7-1. The early hook, which denied Dickey pitcher-of-record status, remains controversial. Certainly it was disrespectful to the right-hander.

After that game, a gracious Dickey said he and the skipper would likely have a discussion about it at some point. That point has yet to arrive.

“To be honest, I don’t know if it was necessary,” Gibbons said Monday, veering towards testiness ever so slightly. “I don’t think I ruined his career. I don’t think that he was overly sensitive about it.

“Maybe I’m wrong.”

You’re wrong.

“We’ve talked briefly,” Gibbons added. “There’s been so much going on, I haven’t had a chance to sit down. But he knows I’m on his side. He may not have understood the move. A lot of people may not have.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 20, 2015 at 06:58 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, mets, r.a. dickey

Monday, October 12, 2015

Toronto Blue Jays’ R.A. Dickey would be ‘disappointed and sad’ if he doesn’t get a chance to pitch in post-season | National Post

Dickey can go a long way in making the deal with the Mets seem better.

“Look,” said Dickey, “you had to win three games anyway, right? The order in which you’ve won those games is insignificant to winning them. So if you won the first one, lost the next two and won the next two, it doesn’t matter, if you won three in a row, it doesn’t matter. You’ve got to win three. Here we are having to win three. We’ve had an 11-game win streak this year. Nobody in (the clubhouse) is thinking that we have some kind of insurmountable mountain that we can’t climb.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2015 at 08:05 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, r.a. dickey, rangers

 

 

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