R.A. Dickey pitches brilliant game only two days after father’s death
R.A. Dickey toed the rubber on Thursday with a heavy heart, but nevertheless pitched brilliantly, carrying a no-hitter into the sixth inning. The Toronto Blue Jays veteran knuckleballer ultimately went 7.1 innings, giving up only earned run while scattering five hits and striking out seven in the team’s 7-1 victory over the New York Mets.
What makes the start all the more impressive is that it came only two days after his father, Harry Lee Dickey, passed away at the age of 63 on Tuesday.
Dickey avoided making any mention of his father’s death during his postgame comments, further refusing to make it a story that his third win of the season came against the team where he first enjoyed success in his mid-30s.
“I leave it to everybody else to build the story,” Dickey said, via The New York Times. “It was just another start for me, where I wanted to be consistent and trustworthy for my team and give us a shot at winning the ballgame. It happened to come against the Mets.”
The Blue Jays put Dickey on the baseball’s bereavement list on Friday. The 40-year-old veteran can remain on the list for a minimum of three days and seven at the most. His next scheduled start is next Tuesday against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Dickey took to Twitter on Friday to express his gratitude for the support.
Thank you everyone for your support and encouragement during this sad time. Your words are appreciated.
— R.A. Dickey (@RADickey43) June 19, 2015
It’s been a rough go of it for Dickey on the mound this season. He is now 3-6 with a 4.96 ERA. The death of his father probably puts his struggles in perspective but it probably doesn’t make the mourning process for Dickey any easier.
What makes his father’s passing at this point in time especially sad is that Dickey recently has been promoting a Father’s Day contest from Dickies.
Hey guys share pic or memory of playing catch w/ dad or kids & inc #DickiesCatch for chance to win $5K from @dickies http://t.co/Wlm2nj9l4k
— R.A. Dickey (@RADickey43) June 16, 2015
Sad. Dickey has two sons and two daughters.
[H/T Eye on Baseball, image via MLB.com]