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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.
    +1

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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.”
    - Tug McGraw, on his plans for his $75,000 salary

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    I read this this morning...I mean like at 3am, well written, Dickey didn't burn the bridge which I thought was classy, I guess we will have to wait til his next book "Canuckleball and Poutine" to find out the real deal of the trade.

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    Go Jays.

    This man deserves the glory of a championship.
    Go Grab My Belt

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    Lets go Jays!

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    Quote Originally Posted by StoicSentry View Post
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    Damn the Wilpons for making this necessary...
    I cant blame the Wilpons for this. Honestly this was a great baseball decision.

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    That's Robert Allen, class every step of the way. Wonder what Ken Davidor's take on this will be.
    "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 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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    Still very happy about the trade.

    I wish Dickey the best of luck in Toronto. Praying that he wins AL Cy Young and eliminates the Yankees form the playoffs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fanofclendennon View Post
    That's Robert Allen, class every step of the way. Wonder what Ken Davidor's take on this will be.
    Whatever slime the Mets feed him in their apparent quest to be the most classless organization in baseball.

    Go Jays.

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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. )


    Hopelessly Devoted

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