Wherever I Wind Up : My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2012-03-29
  • Publisher: Blue Rider Press
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The Glass Castlemeets Ball Fouras Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey weaves searing honesty and baseball insight in this memoir about his unlikely journey to the big leagues. An English Lit major at the University of Tennessee, Dickey is as articulate and thoughtful as any professional athlete in any sport-and proves it page after page, as he provides fresh and honest insight into baseball and a career unlike any other. Fourteen years ago, Dickey was a heralded No. 1 draft choice of the Texas Rangers, only to have an $810,000 signing bonus, and his lifelong dream, ripped away by an X- ray-and the discovery that he did not have an ulna collateral ligament in his right elbow. Five years ago, he gave up a record six home runs in three innings to the Detroit Tigers-and was effectively consigned to the baseball scrap heap. Sustained by his profound Christian faith, the love of his wife and children, and a relentless quest for self-awareness and authenticity, the immensely likable Dickey details his transformation from a wreckless, risk-taking loner to a grounded, life- affirming big leaguer. He emerged as one of the premier pitchers in the National League in 2010-and the knuckleballing embodiment of the wonders that perseverance and human wisdom can produce. Dickey views his story as one of redemption. Readers will come to see it as something more-a uniquely American story of beating back demons, listening to your heart, and overcoming extraordinary odds.

Author Biography

R.A. Dickey is a starting pitcher for the New York Mets. He is one of the top starters in the National League, not to mention a widely beloved figure within the clubhouse. When not on the road with the team, Dickey lives in Tennessee with his wife and children.

Wayne Coffey is an award-winning journalist for the New York Daily News and the author of more than thirty books, including The Boys of Winter, a New York Times bestselling chronicle of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team. A three-time Pulitzer nominee, he has been named one of the nation's top sports feature writers by the Associated Press three times in the last five years.

Table of Contents

The Worst Night I Ever Hadp. 1
Plastic Spoonp. 15
Summer of '83p. 29
Faith on Walnutp. 39
The Wolf of Green Hillsp. 53
Volunteering for Dutyp. 73
Cover Storyp. 87
The Lone Rangerp. 105
Minor Achievementp. 113
Showtimep. 129
Requiem for My Fastballp. 147
Redhawk Reduxp. 157
The World According to Charliep. 165
Knuckleballer Non Gratap. 179
The Bottomp. 191
Into the Missourip. 203
Sounds of the Momentp. 221
Rule Five Surprisep. 239
Getting My Philp. 259
Citi Dwellerp. 279
Fingernails in Flushingp. 295
Unbroken Momentsp. 307
Acknowledgmentsp. 329
Indexp. 333
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