The summer of 2012 has become the Summer of 43—as in the summer of R.A. Dickey, the 37-year-old knuckleball pitcher who wears Number 43 on the mound for the New York Mets. As his knuckleballs flutter and drop through the strike zone, befuddling batters and producing a 12–1 record by the All Star break, Dickey has become one of the greatest feel-good stories of baseball hisThe summer of 2012 has become the Summer of 43—as in the summer of R.A. Dickey, the 37-year-old knuckleball pitcher who wears Number 43 on the mound for the New York Mets. As his knuckleballs flutter and drop through the strike zone, befuddling batters and producing a 12–1 record by the All Star break, Dickey has become one of the greatest feel-good stories of baseball history: the man who found redemption, after years of adversity, by mastering one of the strangest and most difficult pitches in the game. But it's not just his own redemption that R.A. Dickey has discovered. After the Days of Steroids—the era when baseball went brazen mad and lost itself in a noonday sin—America's game has needed a new narrative. Baseball has been desperate for a better storyline, a new shaping tale. Baseball has needed, for those who love the game, a way to signal its own redemption and its return to the hearts of baseball fans.A little faith in God—and thereby, a little faith in himself—coupled with years of work, and R.A. Dickey's surrender to the mysteries of the knuckleball has given the man another chance at the greatness that eluded him early in his career. Given baseball itself another chance, for that matter, and promised us all that second chances really do come around in this life....
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the summer of 43 r a dickey s knuckleball and the redemption of america s game Reviews
This line alone might be worth the price of admission: Flashy, young fastball - belongs to the vanity of youth. Curve is an artist's pitch like Michelangelo. Change-up is part of the magician's guild, all trickery. Slider is the devil's pitch. But the knuckleball is simply elusive. Nick Swisher likened it to eating soup with a fork.RA Dickey was a 4A player at the end of 09 with a record of 22-28 and a 5.48. In 2011 he had 11 wins and a 2.84 ERA. At the All-Star break was was 12-1 with a 2.15 ERA.For Mets fans, he is emblamatic of the balm of the stain of the drug-fueled doping years.Stats show that knuckleball pitchers almost always revert back to their mean, but Dickey thus far has been simply superb for the Mets. RA Dickey has a bat named for the swords in both Beowulf and the Hobbitt. Hard not to love that anecdote.He feels reborn, especially after nearly drowning in the Missouri River. He found Jesus.Why is he a compelling story, because we all want to think that someday someone is going to figure it all out. Baseball is a sport where one believes this much more than the other sports. Doc Holladay seems to have eventually gotten it. Same with Braves pitchers like Glavine, etc. Redemption is the great narrative of American art.
I read the Kindle version. Bottum weaves amusing anecdotes and quotes into an entertaining and informative story of the comeback of R.A. Dickey and baseball. He gives a little too much weight to Dickey's accomplishments and their redemptive power, but the book isn't a waste of time.My favourite quote in the book is Bob Uecker's: "The way to catch a knuckleball is to wait until it stops rolling and pick it up."The book gained some significance with Dickey's Cy Young Award.
The first Kindle single I've read that was a disappointment. R.A. Dickey's story is compelling, but it's mishandled and garbled here. There are a few good elements to this article but overall the writer throws in everything but the kitchen sink in his analysis of Dickey's transformation and success. He makes the picture too big and Dickey's triumph gets lost in telling.
With a Goodreads rating of 2+, I have modest expectations. However, as I head to the Dodgers v. Mets game tonight, I am curious.....Nope, despite modest expectations I was still disappointed. The book (essay, really) was rambling and full of tangents. Bummer.
A good quick read, but not enough depth that I really learned that much about Dickey. It's quite a stretch to say that Dickey has saved the game from the steroid's scandal. However, if you are looking for a quick (under 2 hours)baseball book, this is the one to read.
A quick read for baseball fans. Basically, it's a collection of anecdotes and stats in a sports chronicler writing ... which is exactly what I felt like reading ...Might not be very interesting if you're not seriously into baseball.
It was good, until he got into a bunch of religious mumbo-jumbo and how God controls baseball. Meh. I only finished it because it was so short.
This book was so terribly written that it actually made me hate Dickey, baseball, and books.