This past Saturday, my son, Penn, and I drove to Nashville to watch his big brother, Griffin, in an intrasquad scrimmage at Lipscomb University. It’s what we do to “feed the bear” – that desire for opening day when teams come to town and the season is on.
When we arrived, in the bullpen putting his work in was 2012 National League Cy Young award winner, R.A. Dickey. Yep…the best in the league putting in his work, getting ready for the 2013 World Baseball Classic (where he’ll be pitching for Team USA) and the new MLB season with his new team, the Toronto Blue Jays. After his bullpen session, he went onto the field, did some stretching with the Lipscomb team, ran a few laps, and went on his way.
But, the most impressive thing R.A. Dickey has done, in my opinion, is not win the Cy Young, or write a wildly popular book (Wherever I Wind Up), or climb Mount Kilamanjaro. This past month, Dickey and his two daughters, went to Mumbai, India, to help the Bombay Teen Challenge, a charity organization that helps to save women and children from the scourge of sex trafficking.
Dickey recently wrote an article for the New York Daily News that recounted the trip – what he saw, what’s being done, and the feelings he had – and has now – regarding the awfulness of humanity and what’s being done.
You can read the article here.