R.A. Dickey, David Wright of Mets named NL All-Stars
LOS ANGELES -- Will there be an R.A. Dickey movie one day? A person familiar with the situation said Sunday night that the Mets righthander has been approached about such a project but that nothing is imminent.
Dickey's story took a nice Hollywood turn Sunday when the knuckleballer was named to his first All-Star team at the age of 37. It continues the storybook season Dickey has had since the publication of his autobiography in March.
Dickey, who is 12-1 with a 2.15 ERA, could be the starting pitcher for the National League in the July 10 game in Kansas City. Even if he isn't, just making his first All-Star team in his 16th professional season is the kind of happy ending movie moguls drool over.
"Incredible," said David Wright, the Mets' other All-Star. "I would say that this would be a great ending to a terrific story, but I think this is just the beginning. I think the Dickey book, volume two, should be put out soon."
As thrilled as the Mets were for Dickey, they also were disappointed that Wright was overtaken in the fan voting by Pablo Sandoval of the San Francisco Giants. Wright, selected as a reserve by the players, had a 460,000-vote lead over Sandoval in the previous tally released by Major League Baseball, but Sandoval blew past him in the final count by more than 1.6 million votes.
"We're disappointed David didn't get elected," said Mets manager Terry Collins, who will be a coach on NL manager's Tony La Russa's staff. "But we send our congratulations to Pablo Sandoval and a great fan base and great fan support. Baseball people saw fit to put David on this club, which he deserves to be. We've just got to do a better job of making sure our fans come to see us. So we've got to start winning more games so that we don't have this happen."
It was the sixth All-Star nod for Wright, who went into Sunday night batting .355 with nine home runs and 50 RBIs. Sandoval, nicknamed "Kung Fu Panda," is hitting .300 with six home runs and 25 RBIs.
"It's an honor to go to the All-Star Game," Wright said. "Obviously, I'm disappointed I don't get a chance to start. But to be voted in by the players, that's special . . . I understand how the system works and I respect the system."
Wright won't start, but Dickey might. If he does, he will throw to Giants catcher Buster Posey, who has never caught a knuckleballer. The other All-Star catchers are Yadier Molina of the Cardinals and Carlos Ruiz of the Phillies.
"Depending how Tony wants to handle it," Dickey said. "I don't know what he's thinking about and won't know until I guess we get there. But I don't know. I've never had this situation, so it's going to be tough to try to predict what's going to happen. I know that these guys are good athletes."
Dickey said he was asleep in his hotel room when he got a call from Mets general manager Sandy Alderson telling him he had been selected.
"I didn't know the fashion it would be delivered, but I thought that I had a good shot," he said. "I wasn't incredibly surprised. I was certainly thankful."