Congratulations to R.A. Dickey!

A fan of another team might’ve had a post like this ready in advance, brimming with optimism that their player would certainly win a given award.

Ah, but I’m a Mets fan who has had most of his optimism beaten out of him over the course of 39 seasons, and as a result I’m scrambling to make a custom card while wolfing down breakfast.

I’m so unprepared for this accolade for one of my Mets that I’m not even aware of the specifics… “He’s the first Met to win since… what, Dwight Gooden?” (Yep, Doc won in 1985).

But I couldn’t be happier for R.A.; over the course of his career he’s gone from “That guy who lost most of his signing bonus after an orthopedic consultant saw his photo on the cover of Baseball America” to being my favorite current Met and one of my newest “guys I collect”.

I can only hope that in 2013 he’ll continue to be fun to watch, and continue to be a Met.

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