Watching 4545_ajd's posts of slow-motion footage of Dickey's ridiculous knuckler and change up make me want Sandy to make R.A. a Met for life.
Foolish, I know, but Dickey is the stuff of legend! How many more pitches will he master before he retires?
How about his hall of fame speech from the University of Tennessee?!!
I hope we keep him too. He's got heart, and is the type of leader that you want your young guys to be around.
LETS GO METS!!!
Check out this video of his college coaches talking about what he did for his college program. Plus there's footage of Dickey young with short hair pitching in college which is also fun to see...
Skip to 1:54 of the video if you want an exciting moment, but I recommend watching the whole video...
Both my head and my heart say keep Dickey. There is no guarantee we will have an ace to Replace Dickey in 2014, when we are realistically in a position to add offense and speed to compete. We stand a good chance to make the post season in 2014 with Dickey. The "high impact" outfielder (whoever that may be) Sandy wants for Dickey isn't going to get the job done. Prospects move the clock back, and chances for a bust is high. (we do need to stock the farm, but not by trading our ace, not in this instance)
We must keep Dickey, a trade will set us back. We have lots of money coming off the books in 2014. We do not have to trade. Most of all, we are going to need our stockpile of pitchers, every one. Aces do not grow in trees in Flushing. It just like the Mets and fans alike to wish and hope and expect too soon that Zack Wheeler will pan out to be a top of the rotation guy. The gamble is too high. We must extend Dickey's contract now, all trades off! This sends a positive message to the clubhouse and the fans, that the Mets want Dickey, and will add to that in 2014.
I like your idea of keeping Dickey and Niese and finding some money to buy some improvement until the farm can supply better/younger equipment. The Wilpon's should propose an offer that they would do that if we promised to buy some tickets. Show us that they care and then we'll reward them by offering and illustrate the truce by buying lots of tickets. A relationship made in heaven.
Keep believing! in 2013!!