The reigning National League Cy Young award winner is ready to dance and flutter himself into the hearts of 50,000 Canadians Tuesday evening. R.A Dickey will make his Toronto Blue Jays debut when he toes the rubber opposite the Cleveland Indians in the Blue Jays season opener.
Dickey spoke to the media on the eve of his Canadian debut and had this to say: “It’s a real honour obviously, and it’s an honour for me because of the guys that we have on this staff.”
The Rogers Centre will be crammed with high expectations as the Jays flaunt their new-look lineup once and for all north of the border. “I don’t want to say it’s out of control, but everywhere you go it’s pretty amazing,” Dickey reiterated.
The Blue Jays are hopeful the 38-year old knuckleballer can catch lightning in a bottle duplicating last season’s heroics. Dickey finessed his way to a 20-6 record with a 2.73 earned run average and a NL-leading 230 punch outs.
Tuesday will mark the start of a new chapter for Dickey, who will be pitching for his fifth major league team in this his eleventh season and hopeful to lead the Jays to battle as “Beasts in the East.”
The atmosphere will be electric full of knuckleball-thirsty fans yearning for some Dickey dominance, and the first of many Toronto Blue Jays victories in 2013.
Clayton Richer covers the Toronto Blue Jays for Rant Sports. Follow and interact with him on Twitter at @MLBHotCorner.