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Toronto Blue Jays' Pitcher, R.A. Dickey, Opens Up about His Past, His Struggles and His Faith

R.A. Dickey is an anomaly in his sport, one of only 50 or 60 pitchers in history to use the knuckleball professionally in major league baseball.  It's a unique pitch, thrown to minimize spin on the ball, making it erratic to hit and difficult to throw. But Dickey has mastered it - and because of that, he is the only knuckleball pitcher to ever win the Cy Young award in 2012. 

In 2012, he was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays as their starting pitcher.  He sat down with us recently to talk about baseball, his rather bumpy professional career and his painfully authentic life story chronicled in his book, "Wherever I Wind Up".

"At the end of the day, whether in word or deed, I'm working as if I'm working for the Lord."

Indeed, that is what R.A. has been doing. But not before he went through years of struggles in his career, his marriage and his inner wounds. In fact, it took a near death experience at the Missouri River to be "born again".

There was a point at the end where R.A. thought he was really going to die as he challenged the Missouri River. So he started praying and apologizing to the Lord and asking Him to take care of his family. He sunk all the way to the bottom of the river floor. That was when his feet hit the bottom of the riverbed and was able to push himself up to the top to catch another breath. Then he managed to bounce his way towards a fellow teammate who had followed him, grabbed his hands and thus lived to tell the story today.

Through that experience, R.A. learnt what it meant to fully surrender to the Lord despite accepting Christ at the age of 13 - completely surrendering to who God wanted him to be regardless of the outcome.  

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