Things have never been easy for R.A. Dickey.
That's apparent in his recently released book “Wherever I Wind Up” that chronicles both the good, bad and horrifying parts of his life.
Dickey, who famously learned how to throw the knuckleball during one of his tenures with the Oklahoma City RedHawks, has one of the most interesting stories in baseball to tell. And the current New York Mets starter tells it well in “Wherever I Wind Up.”
Born in Nashville, Dickey didn't have the best childhood. His parents divorced at a young age, his mom dealt with alcoholism and on top of that he dealt with being sexually abused by his 13-year-old baby sitter and in one instance a stranger he could never identify.
At times the story is tough to read because of the horrific events, which in turn haunt Dickey until he finally deals with them in his early 30s.
But at times it's a joy to read, especially for Oklahoma City baseball fans. Dickey spends extensive time on his two RedHawks tenures from 1999-2003 and 2005-2006 and his struggles learning to throw the knuckleball.
He also reveals how he nearly came into contact with steroids while with the Texas Rangers by finding a syringe on the floor of a clubhouse bathroom.
This isn't just a book about baseball. It's a book, as Dickey often said, about hope.
Hope of attaining his dream.
Hope of being happy.
Hope of proving people wrong about being a knuckleball pitcher.
How he reaches each point of hope is an incredible journey, and certainly one worth reading.