• Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest For Truth, Authenticity And The Perfect Knuckleball

    Posted by on May 18th, 2012 · Comments (1)

    I just finished reading R.A. Dickey’s Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball.

    In a nutshell, from the minute I started reading Wherever I Wind Up, I could not put it down. This book is a true page-turner.

    Dickey’s story is full of interesting things – including his struggles with some terrible childhood tragedies and constant self-doubt. Of course, there’s also his unique place in the history of the baseball draft and elbow issues – coupled with the conversion from being a conventional pitcher to becoming a knuckleballer. Lastly, there’s Dickey’s spiritual journey which is also detailed in this memoir.

    However, I think what got me most with Wherever I Wind Up was Dickey’s gift as a writer and a storyteller. This just may be one of the best written baseball autobiographies that I have read in the last 35 years. And, if it’s not the best, it’s in the team picture, for sure.

    I highly recommend reading R.A. Dickey’s Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball.

    Comments on Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest For Truth, Authenticity And The Perfect Knuckleball

    1. May 18th, 2012 | 9:59 am

      FWIW, there were two small mentions of A-Rod in the book, regarding Dickey’s first game and his first shutout, which speak volumes towards the type of self-aborbed player A-Rod is…

      Dickey didn’t share it in a mean way – he just told the events as they happened without commentary, for the most part.

      But, to me, as the reader, it showed how A-Rod thinks he’s above everyone else and doesn’t care about other players on the team, at times.

      In his first game, after the 3rd out of Dickey’s first IP in the majors, A-Rod took the ball and tossed it into the stands – rather than give it to Dickey.

      And, another time, A-Rod went to Dickey (unsolicited) and told him that he can thank him (A-Rod) for the shutout that he (Dickey) threw because he (A-Rod) was calling all the pitches from SS during the game (and sending signals to the catcher). Hearing this, Dickey asked him about another game where Dickey was battered around. A-Rod’s answer to that was “I didn’t call the pitches in that one.”

      Gosh, really?

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