At Tuesday's Thurman Munson Awards Dinner, R.A. Dickey and Daniel Murphy were honored for something, though I'm at a loss as to what that was. Murphy took home the first ever Thurman Rising Star Award, whatever that is. The dinner raised money and awareness for AHRC-New York City, which provides services to people, principally children, with learning and behavioral disabilities.
Buried in the above linked article was some chatter about Johan Santana's recovery from surgery in 2010 and the likelihood that he'll make his fourth Opening Day start for the Mets. The assumption seems to be that if Santana can go, he will go, but one might reasonably argue that Dickey deserves the start instead. Ever humble, Dickey brushed off the suggestion:
"I certainly hope that’s not the case. My first reaction would obviously be that I would be honored to do it, but it would be by default, because Johan is our ace."
Santana hasn't pitched since September 2010, while Dickey has been the Mets' best pitcher each of the last two seasons and has the face that launched 1,000 Photoshops. If Santana is ready to go, who should get the nod?