R.A. Dickey pens farewell letter to New York Mets fans

New York Mets starting pitcher R.A. Dickey tips his cap to the crowd as he walks to the dugout...

New York Mets starting pitcher R.A. Dickey tips his cap to the crowd as he walks to the dugout after being removed from the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the eighth inning of their MLB National League baseball game at CitiField in New York, September 27, 2012. (REUTERS)

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In a repeat of Roy Halladay’s heartfelt farewell to Toronto Blue Jays fans three seasons ago, newly signed Jays knuckleballer R.A. Dickey said his goodbyes over the weekend.

Like Halladay, who took out a page in the Toronto Sun on Dec. 22, 2009, Dickey penned a farewell letter in the New York Daily News on Saturday, thanking New York Mets fans and the city for giving him a chance.

“(It’s) maybe the greatest gift an athlete can get,” Dickey said of being given the opportunity to hurl in the Big Apple. “I was going to take out an advertisement to express these thank yous, but decided in the end that there was too much I wanted to say. So I am writing this instead.”

In his 750-word message to supporters, the 2012 National League Cy Young award winner thanked his former organization for believing in someone with “a weird name and an even weirder pitch,” a pitch that saw Dickey register 20 wins with an ERA of 2.73, the second best in the National League.

While he admitted that the decision to join Toronto was a difficult one at first, it appears Dickey is already having fun with the idea of moving north, saying a friend asked him to start referring to himself as a “Canuckleball” pitcher.


READ THE ENTIRE LETTER TO METS FANS


“The trade was hard for me at first,” Dickey wrote. “(New York) 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.”

On the contingency he would sign a contract with the Jays, the Mets sent Dickey to Toronto earlier this month in a trade that saw Travis d’Arnaud, John Buck, Noah Syndergaard and Wuilmer Becerra go the other way. In addition to Dickey, the Jays received Josh Thole and Mike Nickeas in the deal.

Dickey is guaranteed $29 million through 2015, including a $5 million salary for 2013 that was already in place. The Blue Jays have a $12-million club option on Dickey for 2016.

 


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