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Toronto Blue Jays v New York Yankees

Not that I want to try to make something out of nothing here, but R.A. Dickey had a wide-ranging talk with Eno Sarris of FanGraphs published this morning, and while it’s all pretty interesting– particularly the stuff about Dickey’s health, which sounds not even close to 100%– a couple comments really stood out to me, and maybe not in a good way.

Sarris: How does this relate to, you called it 75% effort vs when you were a conventional thrower… Did this remind you of your age? The thing about knuckleballers is “oh, they can pitch forever.”

Dickey: I don’t know if it reminds me of my age, as I look to my left and right, I see far younger players on the DL for far lesser things.

Sarris: Touche.

Dickey: So it’s hard or me to equate this with just my age. What’s much more important to me is to take the ball every fifth [day] and be counted on for 200 innings. You have to be able to take the ball when you’re not feeling great. The guys that can’t really pitch unless they are 100% that don’t ever get to those milestones. Do I feel old? Not really. Am I old?

Hi Brandon Morrow and Josh Johnson!

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San Francisco Giants v Toronto Blue Jays

Dickey Face!

Well now here’s some nonsense.

With key starters Wei-Yin Chen and Miguel Gonzalez hurting, the Baltimore Orioles, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, seem to have taken the opportunity to notice out that they can’t keep winning games on smoke, mirrors, a decent lineup and a ridiculous bullpen forever– right? RIGHT????– and could probably use finding some kind of top-of-the-rotation help.

This seems a simple enough observation, but getting there is going to be another matter for the O’s, especially since Heyman informs us that GM Jim Duquette has apparently been “telling teams that top Orioles pitching prospects Kevin Gausman and Dylan Bundy are absolutely and understandably untouchable.”

Uh… yeah… pretty sure the O’s conversation about any team’s ace-calibre pitcher that doesn’t start with either Gausman or Bundy is going to go over like a Jon Heyman-shaped lead balloon, but why the hell should that stop anyone from indulging ridiculously in speculation, eh?

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Chicago White Sox v Toronto Blue Jays

R.A. Dickey looked like the pitcher the Jays thought they were getting when they dealt Noah Syndergaard and the now-injured Travis d’Arnaud, absolutely dominating the White Sox for six innings under the closed roof at Rogers Centre, as the Jays won 3-1. Dickey had struck out seven, walked just one, and allowed two hits on just 64 pitches when he exited in the sixth– a precautionary move, the club later said, after he felt some tightness in his neck and back.

Mike Wilner noted that Dickey was rubbing his right neck and shoulder area when he left the dugout, while Shi Davidi noticed that he had favoured his right side a little bit following his sixth inning strikeout of DeWayne Wise.

“He didn’t want to push it,” Wilner explained, quite rightly, the Fan 590′s post game show. “I’m not sure if the Blue Jays gave him the option [to stay in] or not, but he didn’t want to push it.”

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Toronto Blue Jays v Kansas City Royals

CBS reporter Leslie Stahl, and Rich Bonin, producer of last night’s segment on R.A. Dickey, speak in this fascinating clip about the interview, the somewhat unexpected turns it took, including Dickey’s explanation of hitting rock bottom– a near attempt at suicide, a death-defying swim across the Missouri River, and coming to terms with the sexual abuse he suffered at 8 years old.

So… it’s not exactly baseball-themed hilarity to kick off your week with, but it’s some pretty damn poignant stuff from 60 Minutes Overtime.

From the 60 Minutes segment itself, CBS News has three additional clips up: the story of Dickey’s wife giving birth just before the start of a ballgame, an expensive baseball glove given anonymously to him when he was a teenager, and falling in love at first sight.

You can also watch the whole segment at CBS Sports right here.

Check out the Overtime clip after the jump…

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If there is any group of people with the potential to be more breathlessly life-and-death than the Jays and their fans with every R.A. Dickey pitch during Saturday’s start in Kansas City, it’s CBS executives, and the producers of 60 Minutes. That’s because the iconic newsmagazine was in Dunedin early this spring, following the Jays’ new ace around for a day or two, putting together a piece on Dickey and the physics– no, Grandma, not the preternatural unholiness– of his knuckleball that will finally fill the airtime between Metamucil and dick pill commercials this Sunday.

Another turd-in-a-bucket on Saturday and the exploration of Dickey and his incredible skill miiiiiiight kinda fall flat, y’know? (He’ll be fine though, of course.)

CBS News lists the program as being set to air at 7 PM ET, but as they say in the TV business, check your local listings (which, for those of you youngsters out there, was a thing that they used in the wretched old days, before you could just stream whatever you want whenever you want).

I know, I know, we’re all probably just about Dickeyed out at this point, especially given his slow-ish start to the season, but 60 Minutes is kinda a big fucking deal, isn’t it? Check out a preview after the jump…

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RADstThrow

R.A. Dickey, who makes his debut tonight for the Toronto Blue Jays in the “crazy good” knuckleballing climate underneath the closed Rogers Centre roof, is so good that it’s got the Globe and Mail dabbling in Pitch F/X.

Think about that for a second.

Canada’s paper of record. A web-focused, iPad optimized, animation-heavy and, frankly, pretty cool foray into Sabermetric data. R.A. Dickey is that good.

And apparently he feels that good in his new digs, too– the controlled environment of which, in case you’ve forgotten, was supposedly a big reason that the Jays identified the NL Cy Young winner as a key trade target this winter. “Sunday afternoon, in a deserted stadium, Dickey threw a side session on the bump where he will pitch against the Cleveland Indians Tuesday night,” wrote Ken Fidlin of the Toronto Sun in the article foreshadowed by the tweet above. “He came away from the experience with barely concealed excitement.”

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Mexico v United States - World Baseball Classic - First Round

Dan Toman, who along with his brother (at least, I think they’re brothers and not some other relation), MLB.com’s Chris, runs the excellent new gamereax blog and GIF clearing house has put together an animated GIF of the R.A. Dickey knuckleball that fooled Robinson Cano in the first inning of tonight’s WBC game in lightning speed.

Or… the GIF is actually in slow motion, I just mean Dan got it up onto the internet, like, crazy fast.

Check it out below the jump, and be sure to check out the other gold over at gamereax, and to follow both Dan (@dantoman) and Chris (@Chris_Toman) on Twitter. Especially since there will probably be more instances of magic tonight– like the one R.A. put past Edwin Encarnacion in the top of the second. But also because, y’know, otherwise I’ll feel guilty about posting this little mesmerizing slice of awesome.

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