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Below is an excerpt from Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball, New York Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey; written by Dickey and Wayne Coffey. Here, in an except from Chapter 10 – Requiem For My Fastball – he tells the story of realizing that to continue his career, he needed to completely reinvent his game to that of a knuckleball specialist.

A note from publisher Blue Rider Press (via Amazon):

An English Lit major at the University of Tennessee, Dickey is as articulate and thoughtful as any professional athlete in any sport-and proves it page after page, as he provides fresh and honest insight into baseball and a career unlike any other. Fourteen years ago, Dickey was a heralded No. 1 draft choice of the Texas Rangers, only to have an $810,000 signing bonus, and his lifelong dream, ripped away by an X- ray-and the discovery that he did not have an ulna collateral ligament in his right elbow. Five years ago, he gave up a record six home runs in three innings to the Detroit Tigers-and was effectively consigned to the baseball scrap heap.

Sustained by his profound Christian faith, the love of his wife and children, and a relentless quest for self-awareness and authenticity, the immensely likable Dickey details his transformation from a reckless, risk-taking loner to a grounded, life- affirming big leaguer. He emerged as one of the premier pitchers in the National League in 2010-and the knuckleballing embodiment of the wonders that perseverance and human wisdom can produce. Dickey views his story as one of redemption. Readers will come to see it as something more-a uniquely American story of beating back demons, listening to your heart, and overcoming extraordinary odds.

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This is the final reminder that Getting Booked: The Second Chapter is scheduled for tonight: Monday, March 7th at 7:00 PM at Opera Bob’s Public House.

By now I’m sure you all know that Getting Booked is our monthly baseball book club that gives all of us baseball nerds an excuse to put off our social anxieties for one night and meet up under the guise of intelligent discussion about books to drink beer and talk about baseball.  Last time, there were even girls there.

Tonight we’ll be discussing Dirk Hayhurst’s The Bullpen Gospels, which is somewhat timely considering the amount of pages the book dedicates to Spring Training and the fact that the St. Petersburg Times ran this feature on the man, the myth, the legend this morning.

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