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Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity, and the Perfect Knuckleball Hardcover – 29 Mar 2012


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  • Hardcover: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Rider Press; 1 edition (29 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399158154
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399158155
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 3.1 x 23.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 822,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wherever I Wind Up "A memoir written by baseball pitcher R.A. Dickey"-- Full description

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Manchester Met on 2 May 2012
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First things first. I think RA is probably the coolest baseball player in the world. Intelligent, erudite, witty and effortlessly charming, he has lit up the last two and bit seasons of general Mets misery with his excellence. The book charts his trails and tribulations, in life and in baseball. It is, as you would expect from an English major, well constructed and written, with some real insights into some pretty dark moments, and some really amusing tales as well (golf ball collecting as a sideline money spinner - sounds dull, not when you read what it entailed!). I finished and felt reassured that RA was as I thought him to be - a really nice bloke, with a competitive streak a mile wide and a heart a mile wider than that. The only reason it doesn't get five stars is the constant, and eventually quite grating, references to his beliefs that begin innocuously enough, but then appear more and more as the book progresses, really do detract from the story being told. That he has strong faith is wonderful for him, but as an admittedly secular Englishman, I do find the constant references to it a little pious. Minor quibble...great book, an excellent insight into the knuckleball, an unusual sporting biography in that the protagonist hasn't hit the heights of glory (except in the eyes of the Mets faithful) but quite plainly deserves to!
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By Maxwell VINE VOICE on 24 Jun. 2013
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Simply the best baseball and autobiography book i've ever read. R.A Dickey's journey in life is rich indeed and one we can all learn a thing or two from. The man is perseverance personified. His dogged choice to stick with a sport that was so hard on him makes this book inspirational to anyone who has ever felt like giving up hope on something. His writing is honest, funny and down to earth. If you're a baseball fan or even if you've never watched the sport you'll love this book.
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By millaground on 20 Feb. 2014
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Many autobiographies contain spin, even untruths, either to make the story better or simply to hide unpalatable facts about the person. This is a true exception, it is frighteningly candid in its honesty and you come away feeling you actually know Dickey, and in doing so have nothing but respect for the man
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105 of 111 people found the following review helpful
Kilimanjaro was a walk on a spring day, comparatively 30 Mar. 2012
By A. Hogan - Published on Amazon.com
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RA Dickey has co written[along with the wonderful Wayne Coffey] the singular most interesting sports biography in memory.As a group, sports bios are either gushing hagiography or attempts at shocking the reader with "inside" information. Dickey does neither. His titillating confessions are of a more sober, and painful sort.he related growing up poor,in an alcoholic home,one step ahead of the bill collectors[which is a job for vermin,by the way] beaten neglected then abused,sexually, by a woman and a man.he speaks of the deep,rotting shame that this installed in him, of how it colored every decision,every outlook form then on. In between, he seeks his salvation, as it were, in baseball.A star in college drafted by the Rangers,on the cover of Baseball america ,it begins to unravel. He is discovered to have no ulnar nerve in his right arm, and the bonus from Texas drops from 800K to 80K.He bounces literally around the minors, marries his sweetheart ,suffers from guilt and depression, has an affair,finally comes clean to his wife, and is convinced to try a knuckle ball. If anyone's life was meant to be a knuckle ball metaphorically ,it is RA Dickey. Finally he finds success with my beloved NY Mets,his home life is repaired and he even re-establishes a relationship with his estranged, now sober mother. The writing is crisp and at times elegant, something else you rarely find in a jock bio.The news this AM is that the Mets are going to guarantee Dickeys option year through 2013, bringing some stability at last to this baseball nomad.A great read from a good man, with kudos to Wayne Coffey,too. Intelligent,courageous and compassionate. And enjoyable. HUGELY RECOMMENDED!!!!
40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
No Shame in Crying 31 Mar. 2012
By Antony Chow - Published on Amazon.com
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Wherever I End Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball is an honest and open look at the life of Robert Allen Dickey, from his childhood through his professional life as a Major League Baseball Player.

Coming from a poor, broken family, R.A. Dickey reveals that he was sexually molested as a child. One individual was a trusted babysitter and the first instance occurs in the sitter's room while Dickey's mother was downstairs.

The description of Dickey's childhood was gut wrenching for me personally. But despite having the odds against him, R.A. Dickey eventually became a major league pitcher. In this book, he shares a lot of sports stories. He talks about having his signing bonus with the Texas Rangers drop down to ten percent of the original offer when it was discovered that Dickey is missing a ligament in his throwing elbow. He talks about his first major league game, where A-Rod winds up throwing the game ball into the stands. He also recalls the meeting where Buck Showalter asked him to reinvent himself as a knuckleball pitcher.

Wherever I End Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball is an inspirational tale of a man's perseverance and finally finding a home with a major league baseball team.
36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Truly Inspirational 1 April 2012
By Mr. Dunkles - Published on Amazon.com
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If you're reading these reviews, you probably already know about R. A. Dickey's missing ligament, descent into obscurity, and rise as a knuckleballer pitcher. His perseverance in the face of adversity already seemed admirable, but reading this book makes it monumentally moreso. This is the most genuine and honest book by an athlete that I've ever read, and adds impressively to the author's other achievements. A very worthwhile read that took great bravery to write.
27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
ERIC METAXAS RAVES ABOUT R.A. DICKEY 19 Jun. 2012
By Eric Metaxas - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been a New York Mets fan since 1969. I grew up in Queens, NY about a mile from Shea Stadium and attended my first Met game in 1970 when Tommy Agee literally hit the scoreboard with a home run I'll never forget. But even if I weren't a fan of the Mets since childhood, I would be a fan of R.A. Dickey, whose extraordinarily moving and honest and inspiring memoir -- with the brilliant double-entendre title WHEREVER I WIND UP -- simply K's the baffled reader.

The book (co-written with Wayne Coffey) is a mesmerizing and baffling butterfly floater all its own and I simply cannot recommend it and it's author enough. The honesty with which the humble Dickey depicts his own struggles is utterly disarming and to know the painful humblings that he went through to get where he is today -- as of this writing he is the winning-est pitcher in MLB and yesterday threw his second one-hitter of the week (sic) -- makes it hard not to root for him, whether you are a Met fan or aren't.

When the Mets were amazing the world with their sudden ascent in the fall of 1969, they were called the Miracle Mets. It was even said that "God wore a NY Mets uniform." That may not be true, but it's obvious that one of His humble servants does wear one, at least for now. I, for one, am grateful that he does. God bless R.A. Dickey. [...]
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
The Quest for the Perfect Knuckleball...and More 4 April 2012
By Shawn Weaver - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Today's entry is a review of the new book by Mets pitcher R.A Dickey, titled "Wherever I Wind Up." It is Dickey's autobiography, written with Wayne Coffey of the New York Daily News. I was sent a copy of this book for review, and so I shall.

This is one of the best baseball books I have read, and I've read a lot. It has a lot to do with Dickey's honesty, and his background as an English lit major at the University of Tennessee. As he says himself, he has a feel for a story, though not so much for grammar: fortunately here he has a co-writer and an editor. The honesty and storytelling make for a compelling read.

The most compelling part is the contrast. If I told you Dickey was a successful pitcher on a multi-year contract, you might not realize how long he has pitched in the minors and what it has taken to finally become a success at age 37. If I told you he was a knuckleball pitcher, you might not realize he was a hard thrower in college and early in his pro career, and a member of the 1996 Olympic team. If I told you he was a graduate of Montgomery Bell Academy, a prestigious private school in Nashville, you might not realize he was a scholarship student from the wrong side of the tracks, who overcame poverty and abuse in his childhood. If I told you he was a committed Christian, you might expect a book full of platitudes instead of a story of a man with faults and failings who had to be honest with himself after an affair nearly ended his marriage.

Dickey is honest here, often brutally so, and it becomes clear that he is not some mild-mannered guy, but a risk-taker, with something of a disregard for his own safety: like the time in Council Bluffs, Iowa, when he decides to swim the Missouri River. He doesn't make it across, and might not have made it out of the river if not for teammate and Australian Grant Balfour. Or when, as a teenager, he took to sleeping in empty houses at night. Or a story not fully told in this book, a trip taken while it was going to press: the climb of Mount Kilimanjaro. He's a married man with four kids living a young man's dream.

Dickey is a fascinating individual, and this is a captivating book. Highly recommended.
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