Last weekend, I drove down to Los Angeles to get seven minutes of heaven with the Mets' knuckleballer. He'd mentioned FanGraphs, so that opened the door for me. I used the opportunity to ask him about all the research that has been done on the knuckler in general and his angry one in particular -- including pieces that were published here -- but I also talked with him about Amazin' Avenue and lighter fare.
Me: I also write for Amazin' Avenue, we did that Dickey Face thing a while back.
R.A. Dickey: Yes, big fan of that site, love that site. So does my mom, she loved it too. Just know that.
Me: Well I feel like I know her after that book, thank you. Great book, by the way. What are you reading right now?
R.A. Dickey: I'm reading The Bearer of Divine Revelation, which is a book of short stories.
Me: Do you do Game of Thrones?
R.A. Dickey: Yeah I love Game of Thrones.
Me: Who was your favorite character?
R.A. Dickey: Well it was Eddard Stark [spoiler alert]. Now I'm interested in the storyline behind Jon Snow. And I like Arya. I'm drawn to the Starks.
Me: Who is your favorite Star Wars character?
R.A. Dickey: Vader.
Me: Can you do Dickey Face without throwing the ball?
R.A. Dickey: No, it's organic. [laughs] I can't manufacture that.
Me: Grant Balfour. Would it be nice to see him in the clubhouse?
R.A. Dickey: Yes, I would enjoy that.