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Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleballby R A Dickey
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A bold, no-holds-barred memoir from one of the most dominant and dynamic pitchers to ever play the game
Before Pedro Martinez was the eight-time All Star, three-time Cy Young Award winner, and World Series champion, before stadiums full of fans chanted his name, he was just a little kid from the Dominican Republic who sat under a mango tree and dreamed of playing pro ball. Now in Pedro, the charismatic and always colorful pitcher opens up for the first time to tell his remarkable story.
Martinez entered the big leagues a scrawny power pitcher with a lightning arm who they said wasnandrsquo;t andldquo;durableandrdquo; enough, who they said was a punk. But what they underestimated about Pedro Martinez was the intensity of the fire inside. Like no one before or since, Martinez willed himself to become one of the most intimidating pitchers to have ever played the game.
In Pedro we relive it all in Technicolor brightness, from his hardscrabble days in the minor leagues clawing for respect; to his early days in lonely Montreal, where he first struggled with the reputation of being a headhunter; to his legendary run with the Red Sox when start after start he dazzled with his pitching genius; to his twilight years on the mound as he put the finishing touches on a body of work that made him an icon.
Bold, outspoken, intimate in its details, and grand in ego and ambition, this new memoir by one of baseballandrsquo;s most enigmatic figures will entertain and inspire generations of fans to come.
"Most professional baseball players pen a memoir after they retire. But pitcher R.A. Dickey — who spent four seasons with four different Major League Baseball teams and is MLB's only active knuckleballer — boasts a story compelling enough to be told forthwith. A heralded 1996 first-round draft choice, Dickey's ,000 signing bonus with the Texas Rangers was yanked after doctors discovered the right-handed pitcher was missing an ligament in his right elbow. Thus began a dramatic up-and-down journey through the professional ranks, sustained by Dickey's determination, as evidenced by the book's proverbial Latin epigraph, 'Dum spiro, spero' — 'While I breath, I hope.' He and co-author Coffey (The Boys of Winter) write with startling candor not only about the game — Dickey's fellow players, steroids in baseball, his disdain for rookie hazing — , but also about his tumultuous upbringing — being a victim of sexual abuse as an 8-year-old at the hands of his babysitter, growing up in Nashville with an alcoholic mother, sleeping in vacant houses as a teenager, and becoming a Christian. Dickey credits his faith with overcoming myriad trials both personal and professional, but it never feels as if he's preaching. Once an English-lit major and now a starting pitcher for the New York Mets, the author emerges as one of baseball's good guys, and someone who can write as well as he pitches. Dickey has set a new standard for athlete autobiographies. Color photos. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
From the 8-time All Star and 3-time Cy Young Award-winning pitcher, a bold, no-holds-barred memoir of his career, from his hardscrabble upbringing in the Dominican Republic to becoming one of the greatest pitchers of all time
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The inspiring story of the 2012 National League Cy Young Award Winner
Adapted for young readers from his New York Times bestselling memoir Wherever I Wind Up, this is the inspiring story of how knuckleballer R. A. Dickey became one of the game’s best pitchers. He had humble beginnings, and as a child kept a terrible secret. But at a local prep school, coaches saw talent in him and fostered his skills as a player. Dickey went on to pitch in the Olympics while at the University of Tennessee, but his Major League hopes took a downturn when an X-ray revealed a major problem with his throwing arm. It would seem his future in baseball was over before it even began.
But R.A. knew better. Through faith, hope, and determination, he achieved his dreams and made it into the major leagues. Now, he’s one of the most respected pitchers in the game, a Cy Young Award winner, and he's changed the way people view the knuckleball – and himself. An inspiring true story about beating the odds, R.A. is proof that with hard work and devotion, anyone can overcome whatever life throws at them.
About the Author
R.A. Dickey is a starting pitcher for the New York Mets. He is one of the top starters in the National League, not to mention a widely beloved figure within the clubhouse. When not on the road with the team, Dickey lives in Tennessee with his wife and children.
Wayne Coffey is an award-winning journalist for the New York Daily News and the author of more than thirty books, including The Boys of Winter, a New York Times bestselling chronicle of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team. A three-time Pulitzer nominee, he has been named one of the nation's top sports feature writers by the Associated Press three times in the last five years.
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