R. A. Dickey, Wherever I Wind Up–A Review

 R. A. Dickey with Wayne Coffey, Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball (Blue Rider Press, 2012). (332 pages)

R. A. Dickey had a difficult childhood involving alcoholism and abuse. He turned to sports to find fulfillment. Dealing with painful experiences he could not be honest or trust people. He lost a $810,000 signing bonus because of a failed physical. He spent many years in the minor leagues with several disappointments when he thought he would get to the major leagues. He developed a knuckleball pitch and finally made it to the majors for a few good years. He won the 2012 National League Cy Young Award.

A counselor helped him deal with his dark secrets that kept preventing him from being authentic with people. His wife stuck with him as they worked things out in a sometimes rocky marriage. His Christian faith is a key to helping him deal with setbacks and failures both personally and professionally.

The book is a psychological and anecdotal autobiography in which Dickey discusses the demons in his life that he faced and overcame. It is a story of perseverance in spite of setback after setback. Dickey does not whitewash his flaws and gives credit to those who helped him on his way to success with his life, his family, and his knuckleball.