Here’s some light Festivus Night reading for those of you foaming at the mouth to learn more about all-around cool guy and new Blue Jays pitcher R.A. Dickey. The author of “Wherever I Wind Up”, fresh off signing a 3-book deal with Dial and a 2-year extension with the Blue Jays, has written a heartwarming letter of thanks to his former city in the New York Daily News.

It’s mostly (obviously) focused around his experiences in New York and his gratefulness at the opportunity, but he does mention the Blue Jays and the trade.

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…

…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.

(Read it all here)

That should fill you with at least a couple warm-and-fuzzies that should be more than enough to ease your mind going into the Airing of Grievances and get you through the Feats of Strength.

He seems like a fun guy to cheer for, doesn’t he?

If this warm and fuzzy stuff isn’t your style here’s the knuckleball gif again for no real reason.

{yada yada Deadspin}

Comments (312)

  1. all I want for christmas is a new DH

    and some more relievers

  2. Hey look a whole new page! 5 more days and it’s the year of the Jays.

  3. No new posts at all???!

    • Don’t be a part of the problem, be a part of the solution.
      “You must be the change you want to see in the world.” (Gandhi)

      However, lest you become too Pollyanna-ish, too full of infectious optimism, never forget that ‘you can send a message around the world in a quarter of a second but it can take years to take an idea and pound it through a quarter inch of human skull. (Kettering)

      Even more sobering, “think of how stupid the average person is, then remember that half the population are more stupid than that.” (George Carlin)

      (With any luck, I just made JohnFarrellsGrimace grimace.)

      Suck it, Farrell.

  4. I was going to do a game threat for Game 3, but I couldn’t find the lineup card online.

  5. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    October 20, 1992

    World Series Game 3: Game Threat

    Starting Lineups
    Atlanta Braves Toronto Blue Jays
    1 Otis Nixon CF 1 Devon White CF
    2 Deion Sanders LF 2 Roberto Alomar 2B
    3 Terry Pendleton 3B 3 Joe Carter RF
    4 David Justice RF 4 Dave Winfield DH
    5 Lonnie Smith DH 5 John Olerud 1B
    6 Sid Bream 1B 6 Candy Maldonado LF
    7 Jeff Blauser SS 7 Kelly Gruber 3B
    8 Damon Berryhill C 8 Pat Borders C
    9 Mark Lemke 2B 9 Manuel Lee SS

    Steve Avery P Juan Guzman P


    • The 2013 Jays look better than the boys of 1992

      • Disagree. The Alomar-Carter-Winfield-Olerud 2 through 5 is superior to the Reyes-Cabrera-Bautista-Encarnacion 1 through 4. For one, Alomar and Winfield were Hall of Famers.

      • Dawg, I think you got a good argument there.
        2013 Jays have the 2011 and 2012 batting champs,nobody has hit more HR’s since Sept.2009 than JBau and EE hit 44 dingers last year.
        Winfield was 41,Olerud hadn’t yet had his 363 in 93.
        I haven’t bothered to compare the advanced metrics but you may be able to make a case.

        It’s amazing that we’re even thinking about comparing the two line ups.

    • You realize you’re being an enabler, don’t you GSMC?

      What birddawg needs is help, some cold turkey.

      • Its a liitle late but if you are listening…um reading, Winddfield’s HOF days were over by the time the 1992 WS was played. The 2013 Jays have a superior starting 5, a stronger 1 through 9 batting order, equal defence, as competent middle relief. Only the closers are better from 1992. This won’t mean a title cause the stronger teams are stronger than in ’92, but this years Jays would sweep the ’92′s in 4 straight!

    • I’m having flashbacks to October 2012.

  6. Who ends up being our Wells, Ward and Henke? Delabar, Santos and Janssen?

  7. Bob Davidson & Country Joe.

    Two Hall Of Shame Fukstiks.

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