In a year in which R.A. Dickey had the single most historic year as a knuckleballer, earning 20 wins, leading the National League in strikeouts, and now becoming the first Mets pitcher to win the Cy Young Award since Dwight "Doc" Gooden in 1985.
What makes him an even more amazing pitcher is the road he's had to over come. Before learning the knuckle ball and becoming more accustomed to throwing the pitch, Dickey was a career journeyman, going from club to club not quite finding himself. It would be when he was signed to a minor league contract to the Mets, that he would receive the opportunity to unsuspectingly become one of the greatest pitchers in not only the team's history, but the in MLB history (at least for a knuckleballer). R.A. Dickey has become baseball's first knuckle baller to win the Cy Young.
Here's Dickey's response:
"It's part of a progressive culture…they evaluatue you on what you do…its a win for every knuckleballer on earth…it's been an incredible year this year…it was me really trying to be me… Only God can script this kind of narrative for me."
Terry Collins Response To Dickey's Achievement:
"Hard for me to believe it could be anybody better…he's a guy that never gives up…never gave up on getting better."
Dickey also gave his thoughts on hopefully returning to the Mets:
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I love the Mets and that hasn't changed…I believe Sandy has a great plan for the New York Mets…I'm on board and I want to part of the solution…I love being a Met I want to finish my career being a Met.