Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey won the National League Cy Young last year at 37 years old. It marked the first time he had ever received even a single Cy Young vote.
But he also had been one of the better pitchers in baseball the two years before that. He had a 2.84 ERA in 27 games, 26 starts, in 2010. He recorded a 3.28 ERA in 33 outings, 32 starts, in 2011.
Last year was extra special, though. He led the NL in innings pitched (233.2), starts (33), complete games (5), shutouts (3) and strikeouts (230). He posted a 20-6 record and 2.73 ERA.
He was traded from the New York Mets to the Toronto Blue Jays this past offseason. After a tough start, he has pitched much better lately, including a complete-game, two-hit shutout against the Rays on June 26. He also earned a win in his next time out against the Tigers in which he allowed just two runs in 7.0 innings.
Dickey recently went one-on-one with Eagle-Tribune baseball writer Christopher “Smitty” Smith.
Smitty: What is your favorite thing to do here in Boston?
Dickey: Newbury Street is nice. I usually pass up and down Newbury when I’m here. I like being able to walk to the ballparks when we’re in a city that allows for that. It’s always a nice walk from the hotel (here in Boston).
Smitty: When you’re here, is there a favorite food you enjoy? Maybe New England clam chowder?
Dickey: I do not like clam chowder. But you can’t really miss along Newbury Street. There’s a lot of bistros, cafes, places to eat. I don’t know if I’ve had a bad meal here.
Smitty: What are some other cities you enjoy?
Dickey: Chicago, Pittsburgh. I can usually find something interesting in just about every city. You can walk to the field (in Pittsburgh) and the skyline’s beautiful. The field is beautiful and the (park) amenities, it’s just a good place to play.