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

Paperback | March 26, 2013

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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.

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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, ESPNIn 1996, R.A. Dickey was the Texas Rangers’ much-heralded No. 1 draft choice. Then, a routine physical revealed that his rig...

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 edit...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8 × 5.3 × 0.7 inPublished:March 26, 2013Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780452299016

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from More than Baseball Dickey provides a sobering story that depicts his chase to be a professional baseball player. Through tremendous personal and professional struggle, he rises to the pinnacle of the game, but this is so much more than a tale of perseverance and redemption. Worth the read for anyone who has ever questioned themselves during their pursuit of a dream.
Date published: 2016-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rewarding Read Well written and honest depiction of the persuit of a dream by over coming personal adversities. This book demonstrates that the strength to achieve a dream and deal with an unbelievable number of dead ends is by the belief that God has a plan. I hadn't expected to be reminded of the importance of letting God show you the way when I decided to read what I thought was just a baseball story.
Date published: 2015-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book Great book. Mental fortitude pays off, you just need Patience and persistence.
Date published: 2014-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read this book Honest and Inspirational!!
Date published: 2014-05-27
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wherever I Wind Up Very inspirational. I know that the game is 90% mental 10% physical. But to have to reverse that to make a new way of living is miraculous. Praise be to God.
Date published: 2013-03-30

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“It's a gripping memoir, a brutally honest account of family woes, childhood abuse and his failures as a husband and father. But it's also a meditation on contemporary baseball that is insightful without throwing anyone under the bus, save the author himself. (And maybe Alex Rodriguez.) It might be the finest piece of nonfiction baseball writing since Ball Four. Perhaps above all, it's a classic epic quest, a flawed hero's unlikely odyssey to the major leagues and to discovering the mystical pitch that helped him get there.”—Jon Wertheim, Sports Illustrated“R.A. Dickey is one of the coolest athletes I’ve ever met—a great mixture of soul and intellect. He wanted to write his own book with the same passion he brings to his knuckleball or working the heart of the dugout between starts. This is an athlete worth knowing better.”—George Vescy, New York Times“R.A. Dickey has a baseball story that is unlike anybody else’s. If every player had his character, work ethic, and makeup, it would put a lot of managers and coaches out of work, because there would be no need for them.”—Buck Showalter, manager of the Baltimore Orioles“MLB's only active knuckleballer boasts a story compelling enough to be told forthwith…. 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.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review"An astounding memoir—haunting and touching, courageous and wise."—Jeremy Schaap, bestselling author, Emmy award-winning journalist, ESPN"Nobody in baseball has overcome more obstacles than R.A. Dickey, and nobody writes about them with more honesty and insight. R.A. doesn't want to be called a hero, but he is exactly that, and when you read about his life's journey and his courage, you will agree with me. This is an awesome book by an awesome man."—Orel Hershiser, ESPN Sunday Night Baseball analyst, former MLB All-Star"A wonderful and powerful new memoir."—Jim Caple, ESPN"I can't recommend Wherever I Wind Up enough."—Gary Cohen, SportsNet NY (SNY)"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