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REASONS WE LOVE R.A. | metsgrrl.com



R.A. Dickey had more money to spend than at any point in his life. And yet, after signing a $7.8 million contract with the Mets on Jan. 31, he allowed himself only one small extravagance.

The day the iPhone for Verizon was released, Dickey went to an Apple store near his home in Nashville at 5:30 a.m. and, when the store opened at 7, bought a pair of phones for him and his wife.

I’m almost ready to buy the jersey. If nothing else, I need to find someone to help me design my “I <3 DICKEY" shirts (where the heart has seams like a baseball) for this year. In a year of embarrassments and shame and low morale and tickets not selling and the competition stocking up on pitching arms, it is nice to have someone to root for. I'm not trying to downplay the others on the team who offer this, but R.A. Dickey is a guy that every fan of every team thinks is awesome. He's not milquetoast like David Wright or controversial like Beltran, nor does he foster militancy like, say, Daniel Murphy. He's amazing and we all agree that he's amazing. Wait, one more quote:

“I just want to keep working on being self-aware of what makes me who I am.”

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