Today during a conference call with the media former Met R.A. Dickey answered questions about being traded and a number of topics leading up to it. Below are some of the highlights of what he had to say courtesy of SNY’s Metsbog.com. For the full transcript of what Dickey had to say be click here.
Regarding the Mets initial offer and if he felt insulted.
“I think it might have been the equivalent of someone offering one dollar. You know, ‘let’s just get it going to see where we stand’. I didn’t take that first offer as a convincing slap in the face or anything. I wasn’t looking for a fight. I thought that was an arbitrary offer they made to get the ball rolling and we will see where we stand at the end of this thing. That’s how it’s done. There wasn’t any acrimony to it.” – Link
Regarding the events during holiday party
“At the Christmas Party, I must admit, I was unprepared for that informal press conference, if you will. I wasn’t aware I was going to be put in that position. So, I didn’t have a conversation with anybody about what was going to happen. … It became something much larger. I must admit to you, and repent about the timing, because I feel badly about using a time such as that to become emotional. I want to apologize for that. That wasn’t the venue, necessarily, to do that. I think my emotions and feelings were warranted. But at the same time, that was the wrong place to do that. I regret that unfortunate situation in that I wasn’t ready for what was about to happen.” – Link
Regarding the Davidoff article.
“Go ask my teammates. I don’t necessarily think what was written was true. I think it was somebody kind of postulating and opinionating about what they see from the outside.” – Link
Regarding the idea the Mets tried to smear him.
“I don’t know if smeared is the right word. I think I just feel bad about it. I don’t know why all of a sudden. … it seems beyond coincidence that, at this point in the juncture, that that would be the article written in the moment when I had been a New York Met for three years. … I didn’t quite understand the timing, and so because of the timing, if you put two and two together, it looks like there is a force out there trying to display a public perception. That was just bad to me. I didn’t feel scared necessarily. I’m confident in who I am and the things I do and who I am as a human being. … When I see the ‘random team executive, or ‘team source’ – you never know if that’s some writer wanting to air his or her own grievances about something.” – Link