Thursday, March 21, 2013

Show The Mets Your Dickey And Win A Copy Of Knuckleball on DVD!

Since the Mets traded away R.A. Dickey in the off-season, many fans have accused the team of trying to erase R.A. Dickey from the collective memories of Mets fans for some reason.

While I don't believe it is intentional, the Mets are giving conspiracy theorists fuel for the fire by omitting Dickey from the team's holiday highlight film e-card and then removing the knuckleballer from the team leaders on (According to the site, Jon Niese led the team with 12 wins)

These could clearly be dismissed as minor oversights but on Wednesday, the Mets own Media Director Jay Horwitz sent out this tweet and brought the wrath of #MetsTwitter down on his adorable head.

OK conspiracy theorists, you've got me. Something is clearly rotten in the state of Flushing.  The Mets clearly need to be reminded that for a few years in the early 2010's there was a man named R.A. Dickey who pitched awesomely for them.  I'm going to need your help doing this but don't worry, you won't be working for free. I'm giving away three copies of the soon to be released DVD Knuckleball from MPI/FilmBuff to the readers who "show the Mets their Dickey" in the most creative ways.

The Contest
To win all you have to do is show the Mets your Dickey. You can send a picture of your jersey collection, write a poem about R.A., tell a story about what R.A. meant to you or anything else. It can be funny, creative, silly or whatever. I'm partial to funny Photoshops myself but if that's not your thing, express yourself any way you like.

Send your entries to by 11:59PM ET on March 25th, 2013.  On the 26th I'll pick my 3 favorites to win a DVD.

For the record, Jay already admitted he goofed and he and R.A. had some fun with this on Twitter but let's have some fun with this anyway. Just don't be vulgar, profane or mean spirited. This is about having fun and winning a cool prize.

The Prize
Three (3) winners will each receive one (1) copy of the brand new DVD Knuckleball courtesy of MPI/FilmBuff

The definitive documentary about the impossible-to-hit pitch, the knuckleball!

From acclaimed filmmakers Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg (The Devil Came on Horseback; Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work) this heartfelt, funny and deeply engaging film delves into the legendary subculture of the knuckleball and the brotherhood of men who share the drive, imagination and humility to throw baseball‘s slowest, most disrespected pitch. Filmed throughout the 2011 season, KNUCKLEBALL follows 37 year-old R.A. Dickey (New York Mets and 2012 All-Star) and 18-year veteran Tim Wakefield, formerly the oldest player in the major leagues and an icon of the Boston Red Sox, detailing their personal and professional triumphs of the season while exploring the bond between them and their only allies, the five living retired knuckleballers - Charlie Hough, Wilbur Wood, Jim Bouton, Tom Candiotti, and Hall of Famer Phil Niekro. KNUCKLEBALL is the story of these extraordinary men, and the sacrifices they made to a pitch that would come to define their lives. 

All entries must be received by 11:59PM ET on March 25th 2013. You must reside within the continental US to win.

No Mets were harmed in the writing of this story. Follow me on Twitter @readtheapple.

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