Commemorative GIFs from R.A. Dickey’s Final Start

All surfers of the internet receive three free GIFs from R.A. Dickey‘s final start of the season tonight in Miami (box).

Below are the three knuckleballs Dickey threw tonight that both (a) moved the most (calculated Pythagoreanly, that is) and that (b) were also strikes.

3. Turner, Fifth Inning

This knuckleball to opposing pitcher Jacob Turner features 4.1 inches of gloveside run and 11.1 inches of “rise” (vertical movement that is, relative to a ball unaffected by air current or drag):


2. Lee, Fourth Inning

This one, to Carlos Lee, has 6.1 inches of gloveside run and 10.3 inches of rise:

1. Stanton, Fourth Inning

This one, to Giancarlo Stanton, has 5.9 inches of gloveside movement and 10.8 inches of rise:

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13 Responses to “Commemorative GIFs from R.A. Dickey’s Final Start”

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  1. dborghardt6 says:

    Pants have been shat

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  2. Matt Hunter says:

    Gravity does not exist in the third one, I’m positive of that.

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    • Bobbee says:

      I was thinking the exact same thing. Unbelievable. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a pitch walk a step like that.

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  3. We all can only dream of having 11.1 inches of rise.

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  4. Well-Beered Englishman says:

    The year must end with a NotGraphs Poll: most beautiful pitch of the year.

    Some nominees in the NotGraphs and FanGraphs archives: the Dickey-Stanton pitch here, the slow-mo Dickey changeup, A.J. Griffin’s curveball, Christian Garcia’s curveball, Yoshi Tateyama’s screwball, Ryne Stanek’s slider, and Kenley Jansen’s cutter.

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  5. jts5 says:

    great camera angle. I’ll miss watching him pitch every fifth day

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