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Dickey has harsh words for Mets

Posted on: April 21, 2011 1:24 pm
 
By C. Trent Rosecrans

There's something about knuckleballers that have always fascinated me. The pitch is so unpredictable to even the men who throw it, that it takes a special type of person and personality to succeed with the pitch.

Is it any doubt the first tell-all book in baseball -- the one that broke all the rules -- was written by a knuckleballer? Jim Bouton was different for a baseball player and his book, Ball Four, proved it.

Now, if you're a Mets fan, you probably have noticed that squad isn't playing too well. R.A. Dickey's noticed as well.

R.A. Dickey"We have to find a way to be honest with ourselves about what kind of team we are," Dickey told the New York Times. "We can't keep telling ourselves, 'Oh, we're a better team than this.' We may not be.

"We've got to be honest about that and identify what we're doing wrong and do it better. That's the only way you have any real growth. If we want to reach the destination that we have set out, then we've got to be honest with ourselves about how can we take more ownership and what's going on around us."

That's a pretty honest assessment, and in my gig, I admire honestly. I'm not so sure how Mets fans would feel about this. I didn't see much chatter about it on the Mets blogs I looked at, which I found odd, except that for the most part people were wondering if MLB would step in and take over the Mets, like they've done the Dodgers. (Remember Mets fans, the last time MLB took over a team completely, they put Omar Minaya in charge, so be careful what you wish for.)

Dickey wasn't just talking in broad strokes, he also called himself out, including his 14 walks in 26 1/3 innings. The Mets have walked 76 batters in 18 games, the second-most in baseball.

"Collectively, each one of us has to own what's ours to won," Dickey said. "As a staff, we've got to quite walking guys, all of us, period, myself included."

So what says you, Met fan? You like Dickey's talk or just want him to close his mouth and get someone out?

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Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 18, 2011 10:16 am
 

Dickey has harsh words for Mets

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Since: Jan 18, 2007
Posted on: April 22, 2011 4:12 am
 

Dickey has harsh words for Mets

The Mets were a train wreck in feb. when most teams had pitchers & catchers report, the Mets had doctors & lawyers report.
R.A. Dickey is a rare Met who's walking w/both feet on the ground & is a realist & I commend him for that.
The Madoff fiasco has had an affect on the team as well. As my Mets fan brother says: M.E.T.S = " My Entire Team Sucks"



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: April 21, 2011 11:44 pm
 

Dickey has harsh words for Mets

So what says you, Met fan? You like Dickey's talk or just want him to close his mouth and get someone out?

This just proves my earlier point about your inability to write.

Dickey expressed his POV to the press and unlike cowards like Carlos Beltran, stands up to the media horde and makes intelligent and salient points. RA also gives 100% on the mound even when he doesn't have his best knuckle ball. He went 8 innings last night a first for a NY Mets pitcher in 2011. Dickey earned the right to speak his mind.

Mets fans love Dickey. He's a lunch pail guy with a poet's heart. He's the antithesis of you.



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: April 21, 2011 11:39 pm
 

Dickey has harsh words for Mets

That's a pretty honest assessment, and in my gig, I admire honestly

Ok, here's some more honesty. I honestly believe you are an ignorant punk who knows nothing about writing, nor sports. How do you like me now?



Since: Mar 24, 2008
Posted on: April 21, 2011 10:23 pm
 

Dickey has harsh words for Mets

I think the most interesting thing about this is the fact that he is contradicting what the manager has said repeatedly, which is, "we're better than this."  I don't recall a player so clearly saying that what a manager was saying is wrong.



Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: April 21, 2011 2:21 pm
 

Dickey has harsh words for Mets

Long time Mets fan here (1972) and happy to hear Dickey say what he did. Too easy for today's athlete to grab a microphone and call out his team mates for their efforts. Nice to see someone stand up and be willing to be held accountable. Almost sad that this is the exception. Let the suffering continue.



Since: Nov 30, 2007
Posted on: April 21, 2011 2:12 pm
 

Dickey has harsh words for Mets

He didn't say anything that isn't true, so what's the big deal?  Personally, I'm glad he's admitting that he - & the rest of the team - are playing like crap.

Really nothing Earth shattering here.


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