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Monday, December 24, 2012

R.A. Dickey pens bittersweet farewell to the team and city that gave him a ‘chance’

I never expected to be writing a farewell “holiday card” to Mets fans. I never expected to be doing anything but celebrating the joy of the season with my wife and kids and looking toward the spring, and the start of my fourth season with an organization that gave me maybe the greatest gift an athlete can get:

A chance.

A chance for a fresh start. A chance to prove that maybe I could be somebody on a big league mound, an authentic and trustworthy pitcher, not just a retread with a weird name and an even weirder pitch — a man who was so in need of financial stability that he had to get talked out of taking a guaranteed contract to go pitch in Korea.

eddieot Posted: December 24, 2012 at 10:34 AM | 17 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: blue jays, mets, r.a. dickey

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   1. Esoteric Posted: December 24, 2012 at 02:26 PM (#4331930)
Look at this publicity whore. Who does he think he is.
   2. John Northey Posted: December 24, 2012 at 03:09 PM (#4331946)
Nicely written. Always prefer when a guy leaves that he writes a nice letter to the fans instead of acting all 'screw you' (see David Wells book after leaving Toronto).
   3. Jim (jimmuscomp) Posted: December 24, 2012 at 03:25 PM (#4331955)
Great, great note to the fans. Classy.

You know what was less classy?

The "Buy Mets Tickets" link at the end of the article.
   4. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: December 24, 2012 at 03:35 PM (#4331963)
not bad for an illiterate hayseed

///sarcasm referencing an absurdly dumb post in a previous thread
   5. Everybody Loves Tyrus Raymond Posted: December 24, 2012 at 03:48 PM (#4331969)
Class act. My favorite player till the day he retires.
   6. Dan Posted: December 24, 2012 at 04:14 PM (#4331979)
I liked the "Canuckleballer" label he mentioned. I hope that nickname catches on while he's a Jay.
   7. RMc's desperate, often sordid world Posted: December 24, 2012 at 04:14 PM (#4331980)
This proves that RA Dickey is history's greatest monster.
   8. Benji Posted: December 24, 2012 at 05:14 PM (#4332009)
It will be a long time until the Mets have a player as classy as RA. I hope he wins 25.
   9. J.R. Wolf Posted: December 24, 2012 at 06:30 PM (#4332024)
Classy. Makes the Wilpons look like what they are.
   10. JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: December 24, 2012 at 08:15 PM (#4332041)
Does anyone know why RA chose to write the farewell note for the News and not the Post? [ducks]
   11. Hysterical & Useless Posted: December 24, 2012 at 09:28 PM (#4332062)
As a long-suffering Met fan (Dept of Redundancy Dept), obviously I hope this trade works out for the team; I'd really hate for 2006 to be the high point of David Wright's career. But a big part of me hopes that RA has 3 or 4 terrific years with Toronto--World Series win, maybe a few more Cy Young votes if not another award--and the Mets get absolutely nothing from the deal. Yes, they took him off the scrap heap and gave him a chance, but he made more than the most of that chance. He became their best pitcher, brought them a ton of positive PR, and hoped to get a contract extension at a below-market rate. There are always valid baseball reasons to worry about signing a 38 year old, and sure, it's better to trade a guy a year too early than a year too late, but there is never any reason to slag him while you're trying to ship him out of town.
   12. Jack Carter, calling Beleaguered Castle Posted: December 24, 2012 at 10:15 PM (#4332079)
I'd like to eat my cake and have it too--D'Arnaud and Snydergaard star for the Mets for a decade (starting in 2015) while Dickey wins the next three consecutive Cy Young awards for the Jays. The backlash from that helps drive attendance at New Shea in 2013 down to four, which in turns forces the Wilpons out of baseball.
   13. Ray (RDP) Posted: December 24, 2012 at 10:59 PM (#4332090)
not bad for an illiterate hayseed

///sarcasm referencing an absurdly dumb post in a previous thread


The sarcasm is noted, but nobody said he was illiterate, just that when he said things like, "I shooked his hand," it was a sign that he might not be very intelligent.

   14. depletion Posted: December 25, 2012 at 12:54 AM (#4332126)
List of people who might sound dumber than they are: Sparky Anderson, Stephen Hawking, RA Dickey, Marcel Marceau, Casey Stengel.
   15. cardsfanboy Posted: December 25, 2012 at 01:49 AM (#4332144)
I'd like to eat my cake and have it too--D'Arnaud and Snydergaard star for the Mets for a decade (starting in 2015) while Dickey wins the next three consecutive Cy Young awards for the Jays. The backlash from that helps drive attendance at New Shea in 2013 down to four, which in turns forces the Wilpons out of baseball.


You forgot to mention as the Jays win the East each of those years and the Yankees miss out on the post season.
   16. Bruce Chen's Huge Panamanian Robot Posted: December 26, 2012 at 05:55 AM (#4332376)
What an insufferable egomaniac.
   17. billyshears Posted: December 26, 2012 at 12:28 PM (#4332442)
I'm with #12. Dickey's a great story and, all things considered, seems like a decent guy. I hope he does very well in Toronto. But the trade was the right move for the franchise. For the first time in a long time, the Mets are putting the pieces together in a way that gives fans hope for the future. It would have been great to watch Dickey start every fifth day. It would have been less great to finish 77-85 and no closer to a brighter tomorrow at the end of the season than they were at the beginning of the season.

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