Male Athlete of the Year: R.A. Dickey

It’s only fitting R.A. Dickey’s memoir “Wherever I Wind Up” was released this past March, because where Dickey wound up in 2012, not many could have fathomed. Dickey, the only knuckleballer in Major League Baseball, had 20 wins for the New York Mets, threw two consecutive one-hitters, led the National League in strikeouts (230), was second in ERA (2.73), and received the most prestigious pitching award in baseball, the National League Cy Young Award, at the age of 38, becoming the third-oldest first-time award winner in MLB history. On the field, it has certainly been a long road for Dickey. Fourteen years ago, Dickey was drafted first overall by the Texas Rangers, but his lifelong dream was ripped away when an x-ray revealed that Dickey was missing his ulna collateral ligament in his right elbow. Five years ago, he gave up a record six home runs in three innings, and Read More

MLB Closeup – R.A. Dickey

New York Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey went 20-6 and posted a 2.73 ERA in 2012. His win total and ERA were 2nd in the National League. Dickey also led the NL in strikeouts with 230. R.A. Dickey is one of the top candidates for the NL Cy Young award, which will be announced later today. Here is his story, from the March issue of Sports Spectrum:

The knuckleball. It dips and dives, darts and drops, and is the most unpredictable pitch in baseball. It seemingly takes a wild journey before reaching its destination to the plate. No one knows exactly where it will go. The batter doesn’t, the fielder doesn’t, even the catcher, and most importantly the pitcher, aren’t exactly sure where the ball will land.

It’s so tough to tame that there is just one active major league knuckleballer: R.A. Dickey… Continue reading

Old School — Review: Wherever I Wind Up

R. A. Dickey has done a lot in his life; he’s been a top collegiate pitcher for the University of Tennessee, he’s pitched for Team USA in the 1996 Olympics, he’s played for four different major league ballclubs, he’s climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, and now he’s written a book.

Wherever I Wind Up is a story of overcoming obstacles, persevering and trusting God. Through all of his struggles, R.A. has found redemption and healing through Christ.

Athletes write books all the time. But this one is different. Instead of only seeing the surface level that most athletes give us, we get into the mind of Robert Allen Dickey. He shares the thoughts, the worries, the doubts, and occasionally, the triumphs.

“I’d trusted myself and pitched with conviction during my warm up…I was fully in the moment…” Continue reading

Around the Net – NY Mets Dickey writes memoir, Lin to have surgery, Bubba Watson adopts boy

Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey writes a book

New York Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey has released his memoir called, “Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball.” The book is a very open and honest look at Dickey’s life as he tells about his struggles growing up in a broken home, sexual abuse, adultery, and even suicide.

“I have spent so much of my life running and hiding, and I wasn’t going to continue doing that in the book,” Dickey says…

Jeremy Lin out for regular season

New York Knicks point guard and Sports Spectrum spring cover boy, Jeremy Lin, will miss the rest of the regular season…

Bubba Watson and wife adopt boy

Golfer Bubba Watson and his wife Angie have adopted a 1-month old baby boy. The couple tweeted a picture of their new family member, Caleb.

Watson will make an appearance on Faherty tonight on the Golf channel to talk about his adoption…

Christian Athletes in the Headlines

Lin has lunch with fired editor (Yahoo Sports)

Tim Tebow Among Speakers at Chick-fil-A Leadercast Event (Sacramento Bee)

Lance Berkman gives away Adam Wainwright’s truck in April Fool’s prank (Big League Stew) Continue reading

In the News: R.A. Dickey

New York Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey took a no-hitter through 7 innings Saturday vs. Philadelphia before Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino recorded a line drive base hit to left field. Dickey finished the day with 7 IP, 3 H, 1ER, and 1BB and no decision. The Mets went on to win the game 2-1. This was Dickey’s last start on the year for the Mets, and it wraps up another solid year for the knuckleballer. Dickey finishes the year with a losing record (8-13) but a very solid ERA of 3.28, which is first among Mets starters. I had a chance to speak with Dickey in spring training, and the story was featured in the Spring 2011 issue of Sports Spectrum.

The knuckleball. It dips and dives, darts and drops, and is the most unpredictable pitch in baseball. It seemingly takes a wild journey before reaching its destination to the plate. No one knows exactly where it will go. The batter doesn’t, the fielder doesn’t, even the catcher, and most importantly the pitcher, aren’t exactly sure where the ball will land… Continue reading

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