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Wherever I Wind Up

My Quest for Truth, Authenticity, and the Perfect Knuckleball

R.A. Dickey

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Description

With a new epilogue by author R.A. Dickey, winner of the 2012 Cy Young award

"An astounding memoir--haunting and touching, courageous and wise." - Jeremy Schaap, bestselling author, Emmy award-winning journalist, ESPN

In 1996, R.A. Dickey was the Texas Rangers’ much-heralded No. 1 draft choice. Then, a routine physical revealed that his right elbow was missing its ulnar collateral ligament, and his lifelong dream—along with his $810,000 signing bonus—was ripped away. Yet, despite twice being consigned to baseball’s scrap heap, Dickey battled back. Sustained by his Christian faith, the love of his wife and children, and a relentless quest for self-awareness, Dickey is now the starting pitcher for the Toronoto Blue Jays (he was previously a star pitcher for the New York Mets) and one of the National League’s premier players, as well as the winner of the 2012 Cy Young award.

In Wherever I Wind Up, Dickey eloquently shares his quintessentially American tale of overcoming extraordinary odds to achieve a game, a career, and a life unlike any other.

Publishers Weekly Review

Mar 12, 2012 – Most professional baseball players pen a memoir after they retire. But pitcher R.A. Dickey—who spent four seasons with four different Major League Baseball teams and is MLB's only active knuckleballer—boasts a story compelling enough to be told forthwith. A heralded 1996 first-round draft choice, Dickey's $810,000 signing bonus with the Texas Rangers was yanked after doctors discovered the right-handed pitcher was missing an ligament in his right elbow. Thus began a dramatic up-and-down journey through the professional ranks, sustained by Dickey's determination, as evidenced by the book's proverbial Latin epigraph, "Dum spiro, spero"—"While I breath, I hope." He and co-author Coffey (The Boys of Winter) write with startling candor not only about the game—Dickey's fellow players, steroids in baseball, his disdain for rookie hazing—, but also about his tumultuous upbringing—being a victim of sexual abuse as an 8-year-old at the hands of his babysitter, growing up in Nashville with an alcoholic mother, sleeping in vacant houses as a teenager, and becoming a Christian. Dickey credits his faith with overcoming myriad trials both personal and professional, but it never feels as if he's preaching. Once an English-lit major and now a starting pitcher for the New York Mets, the author emerges as one of baseball's good guys, and someone who can write as well as he pitches. Dickey has set a new standard for athlete autobiographies. Color photos.

Customer Reviews

Worth it

Let me start off by stating that I am NOT a Mets fan in any way shape or form. I really enjoyed Dickey's insightful and heartfelt book. A very honest account of what a 'Journeyman' player goes through in their career. Absolutely worth reading. Good job RA

Wherever I Wind Up

I have the book pre-ordered so this is premature but given the excerpt I read this morning I can't believe this will be anything but fantastic. Over the years interviews with baseball players have gotten more and more plastic, managed, sterile..... ie boring to the point of being completely uninteresting almost as if every agent has a master list of buzz words that every major league player must stick to in order to maximize their own commercial opportunities. There are a few exceptions - RA Dickey being the most obvious in the New York area. For those of you who read this review - please understand - if you read this book you will not be reading a typical, boring, myopic baseball star's self reflections. Ultimately my gut tells me this book will be a story of one man's journey through life (and baseball) that will ultimately be compared to other well written memoirs as opposed to a "baseball book".

Great

Dickey is the man

Wherever I Wind Up
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  • $13.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Published: Mar 29, 2012
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
  • Print Length: 368 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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