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ALCS 2015 Old teammates friends R.A. Dic

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TORONTO As if this years postseason didnt already have enough of a Mets flavor to it, there will be an orange and blue tint to Game 4 of the American League Championship Series on Tuesday.The starting pitchers for the Blue Jays and Royals, R.A. Dickey and Chris Young, were teammates in New York in 2011 and 2012. The two right-handers could not be more different from the young fireballers the Mets use these days Dickey is a 40-year-old knuckleball practitioner, while the 36-year-old Youngs fastball clocks in at Bryce Harper Cool Base Red Jersey 87 mph, or 1 mph slower than a typical Noah Syndergaard changeup.MORE: Best photos from the ALCS| Murphy's hot streak unlikely to keep him in NYDickey has a more tangible connection to Syndergaard: the two were traded for each other in a seven-player deal in 2012 that also gave the Mets their starting catcher, Travis dArnaud.What a script that would be if I could face Syndergaard in Game 7, said Dickey, who had just won the National League Cy Young Award when the Mets shipped him to Toronto. Wouldnt that be something? But I really dont follow it, to be honest. I know that theyre doing well as a team, and Im sure those guys are a part of that. And the hope when you make a trade, like the trade that I was involved in, is that its good for both teams, thats the hope. And it certainly has been good for their team and it seems to be all right for our team right now. When I was a Brandon Kintzler Jersey Met, I loved being a Met. Im hoping that we play those guys in the World Series. It would certainly make for a great narrative.With the Royals having won the first two games of the ALCS, Young has a better chance of squaring off against his former team, and he has been paying a bit more attention to New York, particularly the exploits of second baseman Daniel Murphy, who in the past four games has homered off Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Jon Lester and Jake Arrieta a group with 11 All-Star appearances and four Cy Young Awards between them, and almost certainly a fifth after Greinke or Arrieta wins this year.Im so happy for him, Young said. Bryce Harper Jersey Hes a tremendous guy, tremendous person, first and foremost. I think one of the most underrated players in the game. And to watch him have the succe s hes having is just . . .Im so excited for him. It couldnt happen to a better guy.Young also to sed some verbal bouquets Dickeys way, saying he had great appreciation for his former teammate. Dickey called Young fun to be around. Its also worth noting that the two pitchers were not only together in New York, but with the Rangers as well, from 2004-05, the beginning of Youngs career and a couple of years into Dickeys.Both pitchers have been well traveled since Texas. Dickey has pitched for the Mariners, Twins, Mets and now Blue Jays, while Young went to the Padres, Mets and Mariners before joining the Royals. This is Dickeys first postseason and Youngs second, following a trip to the NL Division Series with the 2006 Padres.Comparing myself to nine years ago, I gue s at the time I thought there would be a lot more playoff opportunities going through it, Young said. My third full season in the major leagues that year, and it was just such a special time. Such a special day. I remember it was just a beautiful fall afternoon in St. Louis, and we were so excited. We were down 0-2 at that point, facing a great Cardinals lineup, similar to tomorrow. I had my Max Scherzer Jersey work cut out for me then, I have my work cut out for me now. Maybe I have lost a few miles an hour on the fastball, but I hope I can make up for it with a little bit more between the ears.A strong mind is part of the reason that Young, notably a former Princeton basketball star, has been able to be a major leaguer for more than a decade without dazzling stuff. Its also one of the reasons that he and Dickey, a rare active major leaguer to have written a book, connected so well.I constantly feel like Im fighting against a stereotype a lot, that major league baseball players, athletes in general, cant be well read, cant have thoughtful conversations, Dickey said. The dumb jock syndrome is what I call it. Chris is a pretty bright Washington Nationals Alternate Jerseys guy. We had some great conversations when we were together in New York. I enjoyed being around him, I enjoyed talking to him. Hes got a great mind. Its fun to be around guys like that who are well read and you can have deeper conversations with.There will be no time for conversations on Tuesday, only two former teammates trying to get to the World Series for the first time in their long and winding careers, looking to write a compelling chapter in a book that the other would be sure to read.


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