New York Mets Knuckleballer (and Nashville Native) R.A. Dickey in Town to Discuss His New Memoir



R.A. Dickey in action
  • R.A. Dickey in action
Over at Chapter 16, Pablo Tanguay has a review of New York Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey's new memoir, Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball (written with New York Daily News sportswriter Wayne Coffey). A Nashville native who played baseball for Montgomery Bell Academy, Dickey took a long and circuitous route to the majors — and only after he learned to master that most mysterious pitch, the knuckleball. But as Tanguay explains, the book is as much about Dickey coming to terms with the sexual molestation he experienced as a child as it is about baseball.

Dickey will make two area appearances today: 4 p.m. at the LifeWay Christian Store in Cool Springs, and 7:30 p.m. at Books-A-Million on Charlotte Pike.

Here's an excerpt from Tanguay's review:

But that Rocky-like narrative serves mostly as an excuse for Dickey to write about what really concerns him: how he overcame the devastating psychological consequences that resulted from two episodes of childhood sexual molestation. The first happened when he was eight, and his thirteen-year-old babysitter forced him to perform sexual acts on her over the course of several babysitting sessions. The second happened when he was nine and involved a teenage boy. While Dickey goes into some detail regarding the babysitting molestations, he holds back the details involving the older boy. In fact, it is relatively late in the book when he explains how traumatic the event was for him, and how the shame from it contributed to boorish behavior that jeopardized his marriage and his ability to be a good

Read the whole review here.

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