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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2012 4:00 pm 
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Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey talks about fighting his way through 10 years as a marginal pro baseball player and a lifetime of personal adversity before giving himself over to the uncontrollable but devastating knuckleball.Then we travel back to the early 60s, on the streets of San Francisco, where James P Coyle & Mal Sharpe convince a man to rob a bank for them -- all in the interest of humor. And for his Outshot, Jesse suggests you check out The Best Show on WFMU.

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: RA Dickey, Coyle and Sharpe, and Mark Frauenfelder


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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2012 5:35 pm 
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Please, please don't skip this because you don't like sports or don't know who RA Dickey is.

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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2012 12:07 am 
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As someone who's not really a sports guy, I can vouch. I can honestly say, I never thought I'd give a shit about different types of pitches. But, my regard for the show made me curious and that curiosity was paid off.


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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2012 12:15 am 
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I am not a sports guy. I did not know who R.A. Dickey was. Awesome episode.


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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2012 1:00 am 
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Yeah, the amount of shit I could give about sports is pretty insurmountable, but RA Dickey is a really bright, genuine, engaging interviewee. I actually wound up googling baseball stats and Knuckleball vids, a venture against which I'd've bet a significant amount I'd ever do. I dig it.

And the more discussion about The Best Show there is in the world, the better. Few things make me laugh as hard as that show. Great episode all around.


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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2012 1:12 am 
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Three things:

1. Bullseye is AMAZING! I have been a loyal TSOYA listener since the splangy.com days, and it is so gratifying to see Jesse maturing into a truly special and increasingly wonderful interviewer and producer.

2. The interview with RA Dickey did that thing the best interviews do, teaching me about some interesting thing I would nerve have investigated on my own, while also delving into the emotional life of someone.

3. Your outshot was the best explanation of the Best Show I have ever heard.

Thanks for all of this!

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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2012 1:40 pm 
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I did some googling to look for videos of knuckleball pitches but all I'm finding is videos from some 2K sports games. does anyone have some clips of knuckleball pitches they can point me to? I'm curious to see it in action.

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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2012 3:17 pm 
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There's some nice clips of Charlie Hough in the 70s and 80s here.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2012 5:24 am 
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Wow, glad for the encouragement to listen to this even for those like me currently blind to the appeal of sports. If I learn 4 more facts about baseball as fascinating as the knuckleball thing, I will give it a chance. RA Dickey was really wonderful, with a soft-spoken, humble sincerity, and it reconfirmed to me why the heart of Jesse's podcasting empire is the interview.


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R.A. Dickey just pitched his second consecutive one-hitter.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2012 2:54 am 
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Montykins wrote:
R.A. Dickey just pitched his second consecutive one-hitter.


Man is on absolute fucking fire.

And the fastest pitch he's thrown all season was 82mph.


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LessPopMoreFizz wrote:
Montykins wrote:
R.A. Dickey just pitched his second consecutive one-hitter.


Man is on absolute fucking fire.

And the fastest pitch he's thrown all season was 82mph.

Putting on my baseball nerd hat (which looks kinda like this…

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…the 'P' is for pedantic) and consulting the PITCHf/x data on Fangraphs, we find that R.A. Dickey has chucked a few fastballs upwards of 86 mph— 82 is where the knuckleball has topped out. Either way, slow as molasses. Dickey is awesome.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2012 6:34 am 
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russneversleeps wrote:
and consulting the PITCHf/x data on Fangraphs, we find that R.A. Dickey has chucked a few fastballs upwards of 86 mph— 82 is where the knuckleball has topped out. Either way, slow as molasses. Dickey is awesome.


I did say this season. And this season, the fastball has topped out at 82.7, and the knuckler just below 80 - and he's thrown nothing else.


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LessPopMoreFizz wrote:
I did say this season. And this season, the fastball has topped out at 82.7, and the knuckler just below 80 - and he's thrown nothing else.

What source are you using for your pitch data?

Pitch speed data from Dickey's start against the O's yesterday:
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Source: Brooks Baseball


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2012 2:19 pm 
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Has anyone ever thrown the knuckleball that fast? Not counting knuckle-curves or whatever? All of the knuckleballers in my time (Hough, Candiotti, Wakefield) were in the 50s and 60s.

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