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    RA Dickey's goodbye letter to Mets fans

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    A little over a year ago I was knocking around book titles with my publisher when we finally found a keeper. The minute I heard the words, “Wherever I Wind Up,” I liked the cadence of them. I liked the mystery of them.

    Most of all, I liked the way they captured the essence of my nomadic pitching life — which has now taken another completely unforeseen turn.

    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.

    The Mets gave me that chance almost exactly three years ago, and I will always be grateful to them for that. Only God could’ve written the narrative that has played out in the three years since. That is what I want to focus on, and what I want to hold in my heart.

    I am not going to lie to you, though. The trade was hard for me at first. This is where my heart was, where I wanted to be, where I lived out a story of redemption and felt that every one of you shared it with me in some form or fashion. I loved pitching for you. I loved your passion, the way you embraced me from the start, and the way you seemed to appreciate the effort I was putting forth. Every time I’d walk off the mound after an outing, I’d look in your faces, the people behind the dugout, and felt as if all your energy and support was pouring right into me — even when I was lousy. It gives me chill bumps thinking about it even now.

    Every organization has to do what it feels is in its best interest, and I have no doubt that that’s what the Mets did by trading Josh Thole, Mike Nickeas and me for two young players who, by all accounts, are terrific prospects. It doesn’t make saying goodbye any easier.

    From the beginning of last season to the end — when you cheered with all you had that Thursday afternoon when I won my 20th game — I felt that this was a shared journey, that we were all in it together. What a great way for an athlete to feel.

    There were so many special relationships I formed that made my time with the Mets so much richer. Not just in the clubhouse, either. I enjoyed talking with Bill Deacon, the head groundskeeper, about his craft, and all that went into it. The security people who helped my wife and kids get in and out of the family lounge, the policemen who helped me get out of the parking lot, the folks at the Hodges Gate — so many people went out of their way to be kind to me, and they should know how much it was, and is, appreciated.

    I was going to take out an advertisement to express these thank yous, but decided in the end that there was too much I wanted to say. So I am writing this instead.

    As I move beyond the sadness over leaving here, I know I have a tremendous amount to look forward to. The Blue Jays may need name tags on the first day of spring training, but once we get acquainted, well, this team could be something. I appreciate the welcome I’ve already gotten from them, and what they’re trying to build. We’ll see how it all unfolds.

    God has blessed me in so many ways. His grace and mercy are at the center of my life. I may not pitch for the home team anymore (a friend told me I now have to start calling myself a Canuckleball pitcher ) but wherever I go from here — wherever I might wind up in the future — I hope you know that I will never forget my three years in New York, and never be able to adequately thank you for everything you’ve given me.
    Damn the Wilpons for making this necessary...

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    Wow what a goodbye.

    Will always love R.A. Dickey. <3

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    RA is a great pitcher and even better person.

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    Usually I do not care about the players and their personal lives, to me is all about having the best talent and improving the team, but Dickey is one of those guys that has open his life to the fans and we all got to see how great of a person he is and how much he is not different from us.

    I mean this, I really want the Jays to win the WS this year, wish this man only the best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sick of it all View Post
    usually i do not care about the players and their personal lives, to me is all about having the best talent and improving the team, but dickey is one of those guys that has open his life to the fans and we all got to see how great of a person he is and how much he is not different from us.

    I mean this, i really want the jays to win the ws this year, wish this man only the best.
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    Quote Originally Posted by YoungStuna28 View Post
    RA is a great pitcher and even better person.
    Completely agree.

    I've said it before and I'll say it again...I have never been more proud to root for a player/person than I am for Robert Allen Dickey.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sick Of It All View Post
    Usually I do not care about the players and their personal lives, to me is all about having the best talent and improving the team, but Dickey is one of those guys that has open his life to the fans and we all got to see how great of a person he is and how much he is not different from us.

    I mean this, I really want the Jays to win the WS this year, wish this man only the best.
    Again, completely agree.

    As for the part I bolded, between Dickey and Reyes, I am absolutely hoping for Toronto to win the 2013 World Series. (Assuming the Mets don't win it, of course. )


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    :cry: I am going to miss R.A. very much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StoicSentry View Post
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    Damn the Wilpons for making this necessary...
    The Mets are rebuilding, it's a necessary evil.


    “Ninety percent I’ll spend on good times, women, and Irish whiskey. The other ten percent I’ll probably waste.”
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    Quote Originally Posted by clayamtion View Post
    The Mets are rebuilding, it's a necessary evil.
    It's only a necessary evil if the Sandy Wilpons follow through. They're real good at trading off expensive pieces. Let's see what happens when it is time for them to bring in expensive pieces.
    "Mr. Martin Tanner, Baritone, of Dayton, Ohio made his Town Hall debut last night. He came well prepared, but unfortunately his presentation was not up to contemporary professional standards. His voice lacks the range of tonal color necessary to make it consistently interesting. Full time consideration of another endeavor might be in order."

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    Quote Originally Posted by fanofclendennon View Post
    It's only a necessary evil if the Sandy Wilpons follow through. They're real good at trading off expensive pieces. Let's see what happens when it is time for them to bring in expensive pieces.
    5 million is not that expensive in the realm of MLB.

    And the reality is that the Mets would still be a 4th place team with or without Dickey.

    And I hope they don't waste their money giving multi-year contracts to players on the wrong side of 30.

    This team still needs to build from within. And get 1-2 quality ball player, preferably an outfielder, via FA or a trade on the right side of 30.


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    Quote Originally Posted by clayamtion View Post
    5 million is not that expensive in the realm of MLB.

    And the reality is that the Mets would still be a 4th place team with or without Dickey.

    And I hope they don't waste their money giving multi-year contracts to players on the wrong side of 30.

    This team still needs to build from within. And get 1-2 quality ball player, preferably an outfielder, via FA or a trade on the right side of 30.
    Yes, they still need to build from within. And get 1-2 quality ball players.

    My question is, assuming they ever attain those pieces, will they turn a strength into a weakness with the right expensive free agent signing to put them over the top and take them from contender to favorite?

    Do they put a team on the field that fans might be interested in or do they put a team on the field that is a powerhouse, a la 1986?
    "Mr. Martin Tanner, Baritone, of Dayton, Ohio made his Town Hall debut last night. He came well prepared, but unfortunately his presentation was not up to contemporary professional standards. His voice lacks the range of tonal color necessary to make it consistently interesting. Full time consideration of another endeavor might be in order."

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    Quote Originally Posted by fanofclendennon View Post
    Yes, they still need to build from within. And get 1-2 quality ball players.

    My question is, assuming they ever attain those pieces, will they turn a strength into a weakness with the right expensive free agent signing to put them over the top and take them from contender to favorite?

    Do they put a team on the field that fans might be interested in or do they put a team on the field that is a powerhouse, a la 1986?
    They were willing to trade their CY Young award winner to build for the future. It isn't the most popular decision, but it was very good move for the team for the future.

    You do realize that they are rebuilding, or are you one these type of fans that think that the Mets should spend foolishly on old veterans.


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    Quote Originally Posted by fanofclendennon View Post
    It's only a necessary evil if the Sandy Wilpons follow through. They're real good at trading off expensive pieces. Let's see what happens when it is time for them to bring in expensive pieces.
    Trading off expensive pieces??? Are you confusing Alderson and Wilpon with Jeffrey Loria? What expensive pieces are you talking about? Two months of Carlos Beltran? Angel Pagan? Dickey? (he hardly qualifies as an "expensive piece")

    It seems to me that getting Wheeler for Beltran, d'Arnaud and Syndergaard for Dickey, and now Cowgill for Marte, Alderson has proven his acumen as a GM, and since he is only Wilpon's puppet, Fred deserves some credit there too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dunbummin View Post
    Trading off expensive pieces??? Are you confusing Alderson and Wilpon with Jeffrey Loria? What expensive pieces are you talking about? Two months of Carlos Beltran? Angel Pagan? Dickey? (he hardly qualifies as an "expensive piece")

    It seems to me that getting Wheeler for Beltran, d'Arnaud and Syndergaard for Dickey, and now Cowgill for Marte, Alderson has proven his acumen as a GM, and since he is only Wilpon's puppet, Fred deserves some credit there too.
    Dickey wasn't an expensive piece? Who on the Mets not named David Wright is making more than $12 million a year? No, he wasn't an expensive piece in 2013 but he would have been in 2014.

    They made sure to get something back before having to pay him.

    Sandy has done a good job in bringing in value and that's a good start. But if Ike Davis starts raking do you lock him up before he hits free agency? Or do you trade him off too?

    I'm seeing a pattern right now. With the exception of David Wright, every player who has excelled for this team has been let go. Everyone in here is assuming there's a rhyme to this reason and maybe there is.

    I'm just saying let's see how things develop before assuming the Wilpons with Alderson are going to build a team from bottom to top. To Sandy's credit, he's building a nice foundation. Now let's see what happens when it's time to add an expensive cherry on top of the ice cream sundae.
    "Mr. Martin Tanner, Baritone, of Dayton, Ohio made his Town Hall debut last night. He came well prepared, but unfortunately his presentation was not up to contemporary professional standards. His voice lacks the range of tonal color necessary to make it consistently interesting. Full time consideration of another endeavor might be in order."

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    Quote Originally Posted by fanofclendennon View Post
    Dickey wasn't an expensive piece? Who on the Mets not named David Wright is making more than $12 million a year? No, he wasn't an expensive piece in 2013 but he would have been in 2014.

    I'm seeing a pattern right now. With the exception of David Wright, every player who has excelled for this team has been let go. Everyone in here is assuming there's a rhyme to this reason and maybe there is.

    I'm just saying let's see how things develop before assuming the Wilpons with Alderson are going to build a team from bottom to top. To Sandy's credit, he's building a nice foundation. Now let's see what happens when it's time to add an expensive cherry on top of the ice cream sundae.
    Firstly, he said "expensive pieces". Plural . . multiple. . . making it sound like the Mets have habitually sold off their elite players. Secondly, I think you know, just as well as I do, that the Dickey trade was not about money. They did not trade R.A. to get rid of an "expensive piece". It was all about improving the team. I am absolutely certain that, if Sandy did not get top value for Dickey, he would have gladly signed him to an extension that both team and player were very happy with.

    Now to your point. At my age, my memory may not be as good as yours. So tell me about the pattern. What really good players, not named Jose, have the Mets developed and then let go? Heath Bell? Mike Jacobs? Or are you going back to Straw, . . . Doc, . . . the Franchise?
    Last edited by dunbummin; 12-23-2012 at 10:00 PM.
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