2012 has been one great year
for pitcher R.A. Dickey. He climbed Kilimanjaro
. He published a well-received autobiography
revealing for the first time that he'd been a victim of sexual abuse
as a child. He starred in a documentary
about the knuckleball
at the same time as he continued
of the pitch, to often dramatic effect
. After a fantastic season, he became the first knuckleball pitcher, and one of the oldest pitchers ever, to win
the Cy Young Award
, pitchers' highest honor. And now, pending a contract extension, he's been traded
to the rapidly improving
Toronto Blue Jays.
Last week, before Jack McDonald died, he told his son, Toronto Blue Jays utility infielder John McDonald (14 home runs in a 12 year professional career), to hit a home run for him when he went back to the team. "They're not that easy to hit," John said.
John rejoined his team and got his first at-bat in the ninth inning this past Sunday. Father's Day