June 4, 2012

A knuckleball is a funny thing. It’s very enigmatic. Today I was able to change speeds with it a lot. I was able to elevate some. I’m starting to get a little more of a feel on how to do some things with it. That’s exciting. But still, I tried to do a couple of things, and they did the opposite of what I wanted it to do.


R.A. Dickey (via mightyflynn)

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repeat from It's a long season.

December 27, 2012


The enemy…if the enemy of the knuckleball is spin, then, anything that you do that would impart spin, you gotta kinda, um… remove.

and also:

If you throw a good one, you know it right away. It’s a sensation — I’ve pitched conventionally — when I throw a good knuckleball, I know it the I moment it leaves my hands. If I throw a good sinker, I may not know until it gets to the plate, or the batter reacts to it. When I throw a good on, I know it’s… they’re probably not gonna hit it.

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repeat from NPR Fresh Air

May 3, 2013

Ben McGrath: Is R. A. Dickey Too Good to Be True? : The New Yorker

Read this new New Yorker piece on R.A. Dickey, then go back and (re)read Lauri Anderson Alford’s amazing poem, "Explaining an Affinity for R.A. Dickey," on Hobart. Or vice versa.

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