The perfect gift for baseball fans, now with a new epilogue by author R.A. Dickey, winner of the 2012 Cy Young award.
"An astounding memoir—haunting and touching, courageous and wise."—Jeremy Schaap, bestselling author, Emmy award-winning journalist, ESPN
In 1996, R.A. Dickey was the Texas Rangers’ much-heralded No. 1 draft choice. Then, a routine physical revealed that his right elbow was missing its ulnar collateral ligament, and his lifelong dream—along with his $810,000 signing bonus—was ripped away. Yet, despite twice being consigned to baseball’s scrap heap, Dickey battled back. Sustained by his Christian faith, the love of his wife and children, and a relentless quest for self-awareness, Dickey is now the starting pitcher for the Toronoto Blue Jays (he was previously a star pitcher for the New York Mets) and one of the National League’s premier players, as well as the winner of the 2012 Cy Young award.
In Wherever I Wind Up, Dickey eloquently shares his quintessentially American tale of overcoming extraordinary odds to achieve a game, a career, and a life unlike any other.
Most professional baseball players pen a memoir after they retire. But pitcher R.A. Dickey who spent four seasons with four different Major League Baseball teams and is MLB's only active knuckleballer boasts a story compelling enough to be told forthwith. A heralded 1996 first-round draft choice, Dickey's $810,000 signing bonus with the Texas Rangers was yanked after doctors discovered the right-handed pitcher was missing an ligament in his right elbow. Thus began a dramatic up-and-down journey through the professional ranks, sustained by Dickey's determination, as evidenced by the book's proverbial Latin epigraph, "Dum spiro, spero" "While I breath, I hope." He and co-author Coffey (The Boys of Winter) write with startling candor not only about the game Dickey's fellow players, steroids in baseball, his disdain for rookie hazing , but also about his tumultuous upbringing being a victim of sexual abuse as an 8-year-old at the hands of his babysitter, growing up in Nashville with an alcoholic mother, sleeping in vacant houses as a teenager, and becoming a Christian. Dickey credits his faith with overcoming myriad trials both personal and professional, but it never feels as if he's preaching. Once an English-lit major and now a starting pitcher for the New York Mets, the author emerges as one of baseball's good guys, and someone who can write as well as he pitches. Dickey has set a new standard for athlete autobiographies. Color photos.
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Let me start off by stating that I am NOT a Mets fan in any way shape or form. I really enjoyed Dickey's insightful and heartfelt book. A very honest account of what a 'Journeyman' player goes through in their career. Absolutely worth reading. Good job RA
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Wow, RA is such an inspiration!
I don't get to read much, but after seeing RA on TV I bought his book.
I couldn't put it down. Would make a great movie.
This book is extremely well written by Dickey. It very well might be the best book I have ever read. I would definitely recommend it. Great book.