It took The Daily Show host Jon Stewart to get it out of him, but R.A. Dickey finally revealed the real reason he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro last year.
“I thought their might be some potion up there I could drink, come back and be a Cy Young Award winner, so I did it,” he said.
Okay, Dickey might have been joking, but the Mets' 38-year-old knuckleballer looked dead-serious when he discussed his hazy future in New York. The Mets are currently trying to work out an extension with Dickey, who's signed through the 2013 season, but they are also exploring trades for the newly crowned Cy Young winner.
“I'm hoping to be here, man, I love it here,” he said. “(General Manager) Sandy Alderson's got a job to do. He's paid to make the Mets better. I've got to try to be as professional as I can, understand that.”
Dickey appeared on the program in part to promote a new movie he's featured in, “Knuckleball!”
“It's funny, my career's been real circuitous in the way I've gotten to the big leagues, much like the pitch,” he said. “It's almost poetic in the way I've embraced the knuckleball and my career trajectory is almost knuckleballish. It's nice to be at a peak, though. I can tell you it's nice.”
Dickey told Stewart he enjoyed going to museums on some of the days he doesn't pitch while playing on the road, but said the rest of the clubhouse doesn't bother him about his bookish ways.
“They respect their elders,” he said.
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