April 16th, 2012
When I first heard this book was coming out, I didn’t know that much about R.A. Dickey. I knew the Sox had faced him when he pitched for teams in the American League, and that he was a knuckleballer. I knew that he had climbed Mount Kilimanjaro this past offseason, which is an impressive feat in and of itself, especially so for a ballplayer; And I knew it was written with Wayne Coffey, who is younger brother to my friend Frank.
But, even based on this limited information, I had plans to purchase the book, and looked forward to reading it. So when I heard from the publisher about reviewing it, I was thrilled, and could not respond fast enough.
The book arrived and I started reading right away, and from page 1 I was hooked. Both heartbreaking and inspirational, Wherever I Wind Up chronicles one man’s journey through some really awful things, and despite some pretty amazing odds, coming out the other side happy, whole and successful.
What I didn’t know was how very religious R.A. is, and at first I thought I would be put off by that, but he is never preachy, or judgmental, and is very upfront about his life, warts and all. He believes that if we live every day, present and in the moment, gratefully, honestly, and authentically, the rest will take care of itself. And that is a lesson we can all learn from, no matter what you believe.
Filled with wonderful perspective on the game we love, Wherever I Wind Up is like reading the story of a good friend, and you cannot help but admire his resilience and desire to make himself a better, pitcher, husband, father, and human being. When I finished it, I wanted to give him a hug, and shake his hand…
One of my favorite moments in the book is when he met Tim Wakefield, the great things he said about him (which we all know to be true.) and how he spent some time talking with him about his knuckleball, and even watched a bullpen session of Wake’s…
Another great story is when R.A. pitched a great game with the Mariners, and A-Rod comes up to him after the game and told him he should thank him, as he is the one who was telling the catcher what to call. In his next start, R.A. didn’t fare so well, and when he asked him if he should thank him for that outing as well, A-Rod said that no, he didn’t call that game.
Available where all good books are sold, Wherever I Wind Up is so much more than just another baseball book–it’s a must read for baseball and non-baseball fans alike. Truly, this book has something for everyone. Check it out!