YESSSS!!!! I want to run around the room screaming for joy! R.A. Dickey was named one of the three finalists for the National League Cy Young Award along with Gio Gonzalez of the Nats and Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers.
If you have read any of my blog posts, you know I am a HUGE fan of Dickey, but wanting him to win this award and knowing he deserves it, is two different things. There is not a doubt in my mind that Dickey should be the NL Cy Young Award winner.
STATS DON’T LIE– The 38 year old knuckeballer finished the season 20-6 (2nd in the NL in wins) and posted a 2.73 ERA (2nd in the NL) in a league leading 233.2 innings!! He served up 5 complete games this season, 3 of which were shutouts. He even recorded two 1-hitters (one of which should have a been a NO-HITTER…did I mention it was the day after Santana’s historic no-hitter!) Dickey finished the season with a league leading 230 strikeouts, too! He was named a 2012 All-Star (and should have started…) and was recently named MLB Player’s Choice NL Outstanding Pitcher. Oh, and let’s not forget that he did all of this INJURED!!! That’s right!
I really hope voting goes the right way and Dickey gets this because even if it comes down to him not wearing a Mets jersey by the start of the 2013 season, I still want him to be recognized for his spectacular season and career-long hard work. And if you don’t think he worked his butt off to get here, you should check out his book- Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity, and the Perfect Knuckleball. He truly is an inspiration. I was a fan before, but this book opened my eyes to how hard work and dedication can lead to success, even if the journey is bumpy and hard to get through. Things may not always be perfect, but they happen for a reason.
Congrats R.A. Dickey on being a finalist! Your story is remarkable!New
Congrats to all the finalists for all the awards and good luck!
The winners of the NL and AL Cy Young Award will be announced on NOVEMBER 14th!!