MLB Pitcher’s Heartbreaking Revelations
March 28, 2012 by staff
MLB Pitcher’s Heartbreaking Revelations, Until excerpts of his autobiography were published, all we really knew about New York Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey was that he threw a knuckleball, that he seemed thoughtful and well-read, and that he scaled Mount Kilimanjaro just to see if he could. But based on the details released Tuesday in Sports Illustrated and the New York Daily News, he has experienced more harrowing moments than any human being should endure.
In the memoir “Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball,” Dickey explores all of that in the abstract, but also some grim details about his ragged path to major-league success:
Beginning when Dickey was 8 years old, he was sexually abused repeatedly by a 13-year-old female babysitter, and at least once by a 17-year-old male.
As an adult, he contemplated suicide after cheating on his wife, Anne Dickey.
His mom used to drag him along at age 5 to Nashville bars and drink until closing time.
He slept in abandoned warehouses as a teenager.
When he got to the major leagues with the Texas Rangers in 2001, Dickey found a syringe in a clubhouse bathroom stall. It could have been used for something harmless, Dickey says, but the Rangers of that era would come to be notorious for an association with performance-enhancing drugs.
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