PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Baseball's knuckleball fraternity lost half its membership last week, when Tim Wakefield officially retired following a 19-year career. With Wakefield gone, Mets starter R.A. Dickey is the only knuckleballer left in the Major Leagues.
"I'm sad because I want him around," Dickey said after reporting to Mets camp on Monday. "It's fun to be able to watch somebody who does what you do."
Though Dickey throws a significantly harder knuckleball than Wakefield ever did, often pitching somewhere between 80 and 90 mph, he has often leaned on the former Red Sox starter for advice.
"Sometimes, at least in the past, [Wakefield] has leant me some things that I needed to see," Dickey said. "Now, I've got to go to the film."