Dickey opens up about not living up to contract
Toronto Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey had a homecoming of sorts, returning to Citi Field to play the New York Mets, where he won a Cy Young and really made a name for himself.
Since then? Well, he hasn't quite lived up to the trade and subsequent extension the Blue Jays gave him.
When asked about it, Dickey was honest in his reply to the New York Daily News:
"The anticipation and expectation for myself and, probably, the fans … is, 'Why isn't this guy winning another Cy Young? That's why we got him. I completely understand. But mentally, that's been a hard thing to wade into and walk with for three years, because you never want to be the disappointment. So you've got to keep convincing yourself that you're having good years.
"You want to be worth it. You want to be worth the trade. You want to be worth the expectation. You want to live up to the expectation. And more times than not, you don't. That's just the nature of the beast. More times than not, you struggle some during your time in your contract. And you have to be mentally tough and have people around you to really encourage you through the times that you don't feel so good about yourself."
On the season, Dickey is 2-6 with a 5.29 ERA in 13 starts for the Jays.
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(h/t New York Daily News)