R.A. Dickey’s been around baseball but he’s just gone nuclear. When you have an actor who is usually floating around Hollywood in various films who then finally wins an Academy Award, you then see him everywhere. Javier Bardem was in no Hollywood films of note until he was nominated for an Oscar two times in one decade and once the next decade and now he’s a James Bond villain.
R.A. Dickey is Javier Bardem is Bardem could throw a nasty knuckleball that would even make Tim Wakefield blush.
Dickey is what we call a journeyman; he’s been with four different MLB teams in his 11 year career but he only hit it big in 2012 when he was blowing away the competition with the nasty knuckler. He became a 20-game winner, and posted career best totals in games started (33), wins (20), complete games (5), shutouts (3), innings pitched (233.2), strikeouts (230), ERA (2.73), WHIP (1.05), and BAA (.226).
All of this in his 11th year a a ballplayer.
Dickey’s story is truly one of baseball’s greats. Here’s a guy that went around the block, nobody wanted him but he stuck through it all and ended up becoming the first knuckleballer to be a Cy Young winner.
If Disney hasn’t smeared itself all over this, I’d be surprised.
But as for the man of the hour, this is beyond capping off a career for Dickey. He’s now in a unique position of being able to ride out his career and fade away. He’s not one of the best pitchers ever, he’s likely not a Hall of Famer, but he’s a Cy Young winner and in case you didn’t know, he’s joining some massive company. Usually when a young kid wins the award and then struggles, it’s noted (See: Tim Lincecum), but Dickey can literally take it easy the rest of his career and reap the benefits of being a Cy Young winner.
Plus there’s likely a fat movie contract somewhere down the road for him.