List as of April 17, 2011
Now that we're halfway through this list, we will be moovin' and groovin' through the 70s on our countdown. We vamoose through #80 - 71, after the jump...
R.A. Dickey atop Mount Dickey, formerly known as Mount Kilimanjaro.
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Dig a hole.
Today is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Dr. King is the only non-presidential individual to have his birthday marked as a federal holiday. Even more interesting, I think, is the fact that Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is celebrated in other countries, to varying degrees. Dr. King is, after all, synonymous with the peaceful message of basic equality, tolerance, and the respect of human dignity, regardless of race, religion, creed, and so on.
In the wider world, Dr. King is often seen as the symbol of human equality, and the plight for obtaining it. In the sphere of baseball, Jackie Robinson occupies that role. Robinson and King knew each other quite well, in fact, with their respective plights, tactics, and goals mirroring each other. Robinson was a supporter of King's goals and methods, as was King of Robinson. In fact, King once said, "Jackie Robinson made it possible for me in the first place. Without him, I would never have been able to do what I did."
More so than steroids, amphetamines, gambling scandals, spitballs, and the variety of things that players have done that generally embarrassed the sport of baseball (looking at things from a "holier-than-thou" attitude that many in the media, and those influenced by the media, take), the color barrier that prevented Black and certain Latin players from playing on MLB teams is the biggest embarrassment that Major League Baseball has to deal with in it's long history.
In the spirit of Christmas, MS Painting, and Lucas Duda I have created this image of our lord, RA...
No Doubt (You Suck): "Don't Pitch"
This past Thanksgiving weekend I went home and reached out to fellow Nashvillian and Mets pitcher, R.A. Dickey, for a chance to talk about the team and his incredible career. Mr. Dickey attended my high school and his legend was well established by the time I enrolled as a seventh grader. His Team USA jersey, plaques, and State Championship trophies, lining the halls of our gym, are images as indelible and familiar to my growing up as my own back yard. Naturally, I was excited when he signed on with the Mets and then firmly entrenched himself in the top-half of the team's rotation with his stellar play.
Mr. Dickey was kind enough to let me into his home during the holiday weekend, so we could speak in person. Different segments of our conversation will run throughout this week. Today's portion is more generally about the current Mets team. Check back in the coming days for more about his career, the intricacies of the knuckleball, what he's thinking on the mound, and his message to Mets fans.
Sam Page: What's your impression of the new front office?
R.A. Dickey: My impression, which is a lot of times very different then the reality of things, is good. I think it's a good bunch, a thoughtful bunch, that's going to take us in a direction where you might not see immediate results, but you're going to see very deliberate, intentional moves with purpose behind them, instead of just taking fliers on guys and hoping it works out. I think that's a good place to start--having a very prepared, plan-oriented front office and I think that's what we have.
SP: I read your comments in the Post about Terry Collins and intensity being good or bad. Who are some managers you played under that you liked?
RD: I played under Buck Showalter. He's intense, but at the same time, he lets the players police themselves to a certain degree. I think the best managers that I've played for have struck a very good balance between knowing when to get in your face and what for, and treating you like a man and letting you do your work and letting you be a professional, letting you take care of the business. When you neglect to take care of business, they get after you. But when you take care of business, they leave you alone. I think what our team needs is a guy that Terry seems to bring to the table. It doesn't matter who's on the team, doesn't matter the contract status, doesn't matter the superstar persona. He's going to tell you what he thinks and he's going to motivate you to be better. I think that's something that we all need.
In his belly, batters will find a new definition of pain and suffering as they are slowly subjected...
In his belly, batters will find a new definition of pain and suffering as they are slowly subjected to a thousand years of unhittable knuckleballs.
Embiggen Dickey here.
My Dickey will go on.
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