Welcome to the Banquet, R.A. Dickey.
That’s right, his name is R.A. … Dickey, his initials spell RAD and that is cool. We get it, bro, it’s also semi funny. All jokes aside though, catchers really do need a bigger glove to catch Dickey’s balls. R.A. is one of only two pitchers currently playing Major League Baseball that regularly throw a knuckleball as their primary pitch. R.A.’s knuckler is no joke either, this thing wobbles. Until just last season when R.A. won the National League Cy Young award, homie was average… at best. He also spent a large amount of time in the minor leagues and has bounced between six different teams, wearing five different numbers.
Now we could talk about R.A.’s career totals which are less than impressive, or we could talk about some REAL achievements. Not some crappy online achievements (don’t all watch it at once, his head might explode when his views go up) like this little guy accomplished.
-To start, R.A. is a movie star. Only a few select athletes can add that to their resume. And on top of that, the movie is actually good, was an official selection at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival and is also now on Netflix. He also looks a lot like Kevin Costner and practices for what looks to be a new Dances With Wolves movie in between starts in the major leagues and staring in actual movies.
-R.A. is a HUGE Star Wars fan just like this guy. You probably thought he sucked, you were wrong (ain’t no blanket on the floor that can slow down a Jedi). He celebrates National Star Wars day, warms up to the Imperial march, and smiles like an 8 year old when he meets Chewbacca. He must have somehow found “the force” to command those 80mph knucklers and resurrect his career. R.A. is such a huge fan that Lucas Films gave him some cozy Star Wars pj’s. An adult size onesie at that. His footsies will be so warm!
-He also climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, takes his training very serious (as he should) and looks very similar to Darth Vader while doing so. As if that wasn’t cool enough, he did it to end human trafficking in Mumbai, India and has raised close to $130,000 for the cause.
Even after all that he was still a victim of character assassination by his former team, the New York Mets.
If being a Major League Baseball renaissance man isn’t enough for you to see how cool R.A. is, just watch a few of his highlights to a Beastie Boys song. They make everything cooler, sort of like slow motion.
R.A. Dickey, welcome to the Banquet.
By S. Battle.
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