They couldn’t be any more opposite, RA Dickey and Stephen Strasburg.
One, Dickey, is a 35-year-old knuckleballer hanging on to his career with grit, guile and perseverance. The other, Strasburg, is the rookie phenom, who despite a handful of starts in his young career already has some clamoring for him to be on the National League All-Star team.
Imagine, less than 40 career innings and already they are lobbying for him to be an All-Star. It shouldn’t happen, but you never know.
By all accounts, Dickey has a knuckler which he can throw hard, say, a little faster than a batting practice fastball. Strasburg, meanwhile, has three plus pitches, including a fastball clocked at three digits.
Phenom is a word that get thrown around easily, and despite all his all-world tools, it must be remembered he is all of 2-2 for his career, and history is loaded with countless examples of super novas.
But, for now he and Dickey share the word intrigue, albeit in different contexts. For Dickey, it is, “how does he hang around?’’ For Strasburg, it is “how good can he be?’’