Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest For Truth, Authenticity, And The Perfect Knuckleball

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Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest For Truth, Authenticity, And The Perfect Knuckleball

by R.a. Dickey
Contribution by Wayne Coffey

Plume | March 26, 2013 | Trade Paperback

Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest For Truth, Authenticity, And The Perfect Knuckleball is rated 3 out of 5 by 1.
With a new epilogue by author R.A. Dickey, winner of the 2012 Cy Young award

"An astounding memoir--haunting and touching, courageous and wise." - Jeremy Schaap, bestselling author, Emmy award-winning journalist, ESPN

In 1996, R.A. Dickey was the Texas Rangers’ much-heralded No. 1 draft choice. Then, a routine physical revealed that his right elbow was missing its ulnar collateral ligament, and his lifelong dream—along with his $810,000 signing bonus—was ripped away. Yet, despite twice being consigned to baseball’s scrap heap, Dickey battled back. Sustained by his Christian faith, the love of his wife and children, and a relentless quest for self-awareness, Dickey is now the starting pitcher for the Toronoto Blue Jays (he was previously a star pitcher for the New York Mets) and one of the National League’s premier players, as well as the winner of the 2012 Cy Young award.

In Wherever I Wind Up, Dickey eloquently shares his quintessentially American tale of overcoming extraordinary odds to achieve a game, a career, and a life unlike any other.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 368 pages, 8.07 × 5.34 × 0.85 in

Published: March 26, 2013

Publisher: Plume

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0452299012

ISBN - 13: 9780452299016

Found in: Biography and Memoir

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Wherever I Wind Up We know of the successes: marriage to a beautiful woman, four healthy children, the 2012 National League Cy Young Award, and big league contracts. From a distance, R.A. Dickey leads a utopian life of the kind we all dream about. His book lays out the challenges we didn't know about: childhood heartbreak, struggles with the vagaries of baseball life, damaged self-confidence, and, of course, the elusive knuckleball. Zoomed in close, R.A. Dickey grapples with a life that just doesn't seem to give him a break. A cover blurb from Sports Illustrated reads: "The finest piece of non-fiction baseball writing since Ball Four." Like Ball Four by Jim Bouten, this book gives us behind-the-scenes insights into minor and major league baseball—some cringe worthy—and Dickey shares his views on teams, teamwork and team building. But Wherever I Wind Up differs from Bouten's book in significant ways. Dickey is kinder, first of all. He writes about other people, even those who dumped the most significant obstacles onto his path, with compassionate fairness. This is a book about baseball, true, but the baseball is almost incidental to what's really going on here. This book is really about R.A. Dickey evolving a troubled relationship with an alcoholic mother into a loving one, delving into the effects of childhood sexual abuse on his life, and persevering to succeed against physical, financial and emotional odds. In other words, it's a book many people will relate to on a non-baseball level. And it's about faith. Dickey relies on his Christian faith to guide him through the challenges. He refers to biblical quotes: "We rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope . . . " (Romans 5: 3-4). He includes written prayers. God is a touchstone for Dickey. The book concludes with R.A. Dickey reaching the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, and then later that year receiving the Cy Young Award. It ends on a high note. Since then, Dickey has signed with the Toronto Blue Jays and has seen life dump some more of those obstacles in his path. Dickey grapples with a life that just doesn't seem to give him a break. The team struggles, and while he's had some successful outings, more than once batters have feasted on his knuckleballs. I don't know what the rest of 2013 holds for him or his team, but one thing I do know for sure, R.A. Dickey is praying.
Date published: 2013-05-08

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Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest For Truth, Authenticity, And The Perfect Knuckleball

by R.a. Dickey
Contribution by Wayne Coffey

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 368 pages, 8.07 × 5.34 × 0.85 in

Published: March 26, 2013

Publisher: Plume

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0452299012

ISBN - 13: 9780452299016

About the Book

Sustained by his Christian faith, the love of his wife and children, and a relentless quest for self-awareness, Dickey is now the starting pitcher for the New York Mets and one of the National League's premier players. He eloquently shares his quintessentially American tale of overcoming extraordinary odds to achieve a game, a career, and a life unlike any other.

From the Publisher

With a new epilogue by author R.A. Dickey, winner of the 2012 Cy Young award

"An astounding memoir--haunting and touching, courageous and wise." - Jeremy Schaap, bestselling author, Emmy award-winning journalist, ESPN

In 1996, R.A. Dickey was the Texas Rangers’ much-heralded No. 1 draft choice. Then, a routine physical revealed that his right elbow was missing its ulnar collateral ligament, and his lifelong dream—along with his $810,000 signing bonus—was ripped away. Yet, despite twice being consigned to baseball’s scrap heap, Dickey battled back. Sustained by his Christian faith, the love of his wife and children, and a relentless quest for self-awareness, Dickey is now the starting pitcher for the Toronoto Blue Jays (he was previously a star pitcher for the New York Mets) and one of the National League’s premier players, as well as the winner of the 2012 Cy Young award.

In Wherever I Wind Up, Dickey eloquently shares his quintessentially American tale of overcoming extraordinary odds to achieve a game, a career, and a life unlike any other.

About the Author

R.A. Dickey of the Toronto Blue Jays is one of the premier pitchers in baseball.  In 2012 while playing for the New York Mets, he became the first knuckleballer to win the National League Cy Young Award, major league baseball’s highest honor for a pitcher.  He has also written for the New York Times and is working on a young adult edition of Wherever I Wind Up and two children’s books. When not on the road with his team, Dickey lives in Tennessee with his wife and four 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 long been regarded as one of best sports feature writers in the nation. 

Editorial Reviews

"R.A. Dickey''s book is unlike any other professional athlete''s autobiography you have ever read. And that is a very good thing." --Mike Bauman, MLB.com

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