Creating Controversy – Dickey Takes Swipe At Morrow, Johnson?

I’m not above conspiracy theories and if you read between the lines of an RA Dickey interview with Fangraphs writer Eno Sarris it sounded like Dickey took a backhanded swipe at oft-injured teammates Brandon Morrow and Josh Johnson.  Maybe it was an innocent comment but given the way the pitching staff has performed you can’t help but believe he knew what he was saying.

Here is the excerpt:

Sarris: Why don’t you just take 15?

Dickey: Because I can still muster through six or seven innings. Even though I haven’t had my best knuckleball, I still have seven or eight quality starts. So I can still give something. Just a matter of not being as dominant as I was because I’m missing a weapon or two. It’s feeling better, though, this last week.

Sarris: How does this relate to, you called it 75% effort vs when you were a conventional thrower… Did this remind you of your age? The thing about knuckleballers is “oh, they can pitch forever.”

Dickey: I don’t know if it reminds me of my age, as I look to my left and right, I see far younger players on the DL for far lesser things.

Sarris: Touche.

Dickey: So it’s hard or me to equate this with just my age. What’s much more important to me is to take the ball every fifth inning and be counted on for 200 innings. You have to be able to take the ball when you’re not feeling great. The guys that can’t really pitch unless they are 100% that don’t ever get to those milestones. Do I feel old? Not really. Am I old?

The line that of course stands out is looking around him there are far younger players out for far lesser things.  To me this is a direct shot at both Brandon Morrow and Josh Johnson who have both missed time with various ailments as opposed to trying to push through and take the ball.  RA Dickey is renowned for being a great teammate so this was most likely taken out of context (by myself) however he is also a competitive guy on a less than competitive team.

Maybe he knows something we don’t.




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  8. 8 Wes Kepstro June 13, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    I was reading it earlier today, ut didn’t take it that way. here’s to hoping they took it that way, though, and man up. Johnson’s start this weekend has been pushed back because of a hangnail or galloping dandruff or something…

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