R.A. Dickey was a first round draft choice of the Texas Rangers in 1996 out of the University of Tennessee. He bounced around with the club for a long time, and finally left in 2006. Anybody who has ever interviwed or spent a few minutes with Dickey knows what a decent and polite guy he is.
Even if Dickey's inability to "find it" when he was with the Rangers frustrated fans, this was a guy you pulled for because you know just how much he cared, and badly he wanted it. To see him have success with the Mets in 2010 and 2011 after he toyed around with and developed a knuckleball is gratifying.
In the same breath, it's also equally disheartening to read that Dickey went through a lot of hell to get here.
In a new memoir titled, "Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest For Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball" written with Wayne Coffey of the New York Daily News, Dickey admits he was molested as a kid which led to thoughts of suicide.
Dickey says in this article that the only person he throws under the bus is himself.
But he does write extensively about the time he was drafted by the Rangers, and when they pulled their offer off the table when they learned he did not have an ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.
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