NEW YORK (WFAN) — Starting pitcher R.A. Dickey joined WFAN’s Boomer & Carton on Monday morning to talk about his new contract and the difference he sees in the 2011 Mets.
Dickey agreed to a $7.8 million, two-year contract with the Mets last month.
“It’s a real satisfying feeling,” Dickey said. “Having played on fourteen one-year, non-guaranteed contracts, it sure is nice to come into camp with a little security.”
Dickey, the 36-year-old knuckleballer who revived his career in 2010, sees a big difference in his team this preseason.
“In a word, I would say it’s energy,” he said. “I think we have a new sense of energy permeating throughout the clubhouse.”
New Mets manager Terry Collins told the NY Post that his team rules “will include a limit on card playing in the clubhouse.” Dickey doesn’t see a problem with Collins cracking down on poker before first pitch.
“When there’s any proclamation made like that by a manager or coach, you know, you’ve got to kind of look at the root of it,” said the knuckleballer. “I think it’s just that Terry expects us to be professionals, and we should expect that of ourselves and of each other as teammates.”
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