Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball Hardcover – Mar 20 2012
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About the Author
R.A. Dickey of the New York Mets is one of the premier pitchers in baseball. In 2012 he became the first knuckleballer to win the National League Cy Young Award, major league baseball’s highest honor for a pitcher. Immensely popular with fans and deeply respected by his teammates, Dickey lives in Tennessee with his wife and four children.
Wayne Coffey is an award-winning journalist for the New York Daily News and the author of more than thirty books, including The Boys of Winter, a New York Times bestselling chronicle of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team. A three-time Pulitzer nominee, he has long been regarded as one of best sports feature writers in the nation.
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I am instinctively skeptical of stories that speak of "authenticity" and are about celebrities who experienced a "redemption" of sorts. However, I came away from this, both enjoying the story and having an endearing feeling towards the author. He seems to be a pretty humble guy who wants to learn both from his failures and other people who have more experience.
In his own way, Dickey was a man whose marriage and career went through a fire, and appear to have become stronger for it. He is straightforward about his Christian faith and it generally seems to inform his perspective, though I would not say that is at all the central theme of the book. I can imagine that any baseball fan, even a borderline one, could very well enjoy this book!
Gritty beyond grit, pitched 14 years in the minors, including 7 years with same triple A club. Was All-American, pitched for USA in Olympics, first round draft pick of the Rangers then discovered he had no UCL in his pitching arm. Learned the knuckle ball from Charlie Hough, refined it talking to Wakefield, even more with Phil Niekro. Threw 400,000 times before he mastered it.
As a kid he was sexually abused, twice. His mother was an alcholic, bought up in poverty. Now he ends up Cy Young winner and a very wealthy man.
Such honesty is rare. I certainly appreciate more than ever, what dedication it takes to be a professional athlete and see what a sacrifice the athlete's family must make. Thank you R.A. for baring your soul.
Most recent customer reviews
Interesting to know this pitcher better. I am a Blue Jay fan and have admired him but I didn't realize that life had been tough and he has risen above it. A good read!Published 20 days ago by Sharon C
A great man bares his colourful story, and his soul. He made his first post-season appearance yesterday at age 40, and fell one out short of being credited with a win. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Trw
I was encouraged by his honesty and courage to tell of a very troubled and emotionally damaging childhood. An encouragement to anyone in similar circumstances.Published 4 months ago by SaAnita
Well written. Hard to put down. What an incredible life story.Published 5 months ago by leanne brooks