TORONTO - Either R.A. Dickey has a vivid imagination which, given his cerebral nature, shouldn’t come as a shock, or the Blue Jays’ opening night starter discovered some special affinity in his first business meeting with the Rogers Centre mound.
Sunday afternoon, in a deserted stadium, Dickey threw a side session on the bump where he will pitch against the Cleveland Indians Tuesday night. He came away from the experience with barely concealed excitement.
“It was almost like an out-of-body experience,” said Dickey on Monday afternoon. “Now, the reason I’m here is imminent. To get to stand on the mound and get comfortable with my surroundings, it’s a real treat. You don’t often get to go pitch off the game mound before you get on it for real. That was necessary for me to get comfortable. It was special. It left me anticipating a very fun night.
“Going off (Sunday’s) knuckleballs I threw off the game mound, I was very encouraged. That’s all I’ll say. No predictions."