When R.A. Dickey gutted through an impressive 7.1 innings of three-hit, one-run ball against the Mets on Thursday night despite walking five in the first three innings, we thought it was pretty impressive already. We thought that he was on the mound just concentrating on battling both his former team and plate umpire Mark Wegner.
Now we know that there was much more behind that start for Dickey: his father Harry had passed away at 63 on Tuesday, days before Father's Day, but he decided to take the mound for his team any way. With five days before his next start, he will get to grieve for the man that he had quite a complex relationship with (buy his book).
Sportsnet's Shi Davidi tells us that he has heard that the Blue Jays will place Dickey on the bereavement list and will recall infielder Munenori Kawasaki in his place.
By the rules of the bereavement list, Dickey can miss up to seven games. His father's funeral is set for Saturday in Nashville.