Legitimate question: Is R.A. Dickey winning the Cy Young Award yesterday the best thing that's happened to the Mets franchise since ... jeez ... beating the Dodgers in the 2006 NLDS? Since winning Game Six of that NLCS? It's certainly the first piece of unadulturated good news for the Mets during a time when they desperately could use some. Of course: It's probably not all that unadulterated after all.
The vote for Dickey's Cy Young was expected to be close, but it wasn't: He finished with 27 of the 32 first place votes, finishing far ahead of second place Clayton Kershaw. Dickey had a terrific year, but it's tough to deny that his story — the first knuckleballer to win; his years of toiling away in obscurity; being cut by the Mets just two years ago — didn't have a factor in his win.
Or the fact that he's an awesome guy, as evidenced in the letter he published in the Daily News this morning:
How could I not feel anything but gratitude for the New York Mets, who took a chance on me when nobody in baseball would, and allowed me to pitch for two great men like Terry Collins and Dan Warthen — and the best fans a player could ever dream of playing for? It’s not always easy being a loyal supporter when a team is going through a rough stretch, but to all of you Met fans, to be a recipient of your support and passion has been one of the greatest thrills of my baseball life.
Honestly, that might be the nicest thing anyone's written about the Mets in years.
Of course, this is the Mets, and there is a dark side. That dark side is that Dickey is a free agent at the end of the season, and general manager Sandy Alderson hasn't ruled out trading Dickey if they can't come to terms on an agreement. That brings up all sorts of questions about the Mets' finances — even though we're talking about a pitcher in his late thirties here — and no one wants to talk about that when the Mets just got some unadulterated good news.
But regardless, there's the quote from Dickey in his big celebratory story: "I want to be loyal to an organization that has given me a real opportunity," he said. "That being said, you never want to be taken advantage of either." It's still up in the air what's going to happen with Dickey — and David Wright — the two best and most popular players on the Mets.
Let's not worry about that, though. R.A. Dickey just won the Cy Young Award, and that's just a crazy statement to type. Congratulations, Mr. Dickey. What a story.