R.A. Dickey signing has Jays fans primed for World Series ‘Looking forward to a new chapter,’ knuckleballer tells ball fans Aaron Hutchins December 17, 2012 Follow @hutchins_aaron Twitter Facebook Google+ Share LinkedIn Reddit Email Twitter Facebook Google+ Share LinkedIn Reddit Email 2 [View the story “Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey bound for Toronto” on Storify] Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey bound for Toronto Storified by Maclean’s Magazine · Mon, Dec 17 2012 18:28:08 Just when Toronto Blue Jays fans thought their offseason couldn’t get any better, last year’s Cy Young award winner with the New York Mets announced via Twitter that he was joining the Blue Jays. Now that its official, I want to say that I don’t have the words to express how grateful I am to you for the steadfast support and…R.A. Dickey Encouragement I received from all of you.Ive always felt that there was a connection beyond the uniform.Thank you for making me feel wantedR.A. Dickey Looking forward to a new chapter with the Jays.R.A. Dickey #ziowindrims request #dickey #AA #Blue jays http://pic.twitter.com/tDCUZcrbmark iamonaco #BlueJays announce trade for R.A. Dickey, with extension worth $29m from 2013-15 with club option at $12m for ’16.Shi Davidi Upon hearing the news, Dickey’s new Jays teammates expressed their enthusiasm for the upcoming season. Welcome to the #Jays @RADickey43 This pumps me up!!! One goal in mind… Win!!! That’s all!!! #AllInRicky Romero JP Arencibia on addition of R.A. Dickey: “He brings a Cy Young, which is pretty good if you like being the best pitcher in the league.”Shi Davidi Explaining to Yogi what a knuckleball is.. #AllIn #LetsGetIt #CanWeStartSeasonNow http://pic.twitter.com/WPb6DpNBjp arencibia Dickey’s 20-win season last year with a 2.73 ERA isn’t the only reason for Jays fans to get excited for the upcoming season. They will also get to see one of Major League Baseball’s rare knuckleball pitchers. A very cool video of R.A. Dickey showing how he throws his knuckleball: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFVfsbSV4mwIan Blue Jays’ new Opening Day starter? #dickey http://twitpic.com/bmk7kqDan Toman This means that current Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia, who has never caught for a knuckleballer before, will have his work cut out for him. Luckily, for Arencibia and the rest of the team, they can learn a lot more about their new pitcher who is also a published author. Dad gives me r.a. Dickey book and the day after he’s going to the jays. #loveit #inAAweTrust http://pic.twitter.com/Ot7KPfa3Matt Lyons New Jay R A Dickey writes books and reads ’em too. And he has a wicked knuckleball. #MrPerfection!helenheller With the offseason additions of Mark Buehrle and Josh Johnson to the starting rotation, as well as shortstop Jose Reyes and left fielder Melky Cabrera, the Blue Jays are now the betting favourite to win the World Series, according to Bodog online betting. Accorinding to Bodog, the @BlueJays are THE favourite to win the World Series. Odds posted at 8-to-1. #SignOfTheApocalypseGurdeep Ahluwalia This plus Mr. Dickey, should make for an exciting season #Jays http://pic.twitter.com/7xF4VTr8Eric Webb The #Jays are now the odds on favourite to win the World Series. Is this seriously happening? What planet am I on?Bryan Hayes The jays are now FAVOURITES to win the World Series? Everything goes retro apparently. #1993Stephen Burtch The Jays are now 8 to 1 favourites to win the 2013 World Series. After reading his Grays Sports Almanac, Biff Tannen was even like "really?"Ian Some aren’t ready to get too excited before the first pitch of the 2013 season… Unfortunately, there’s no trophy for the on-paper World Series championship. :(Josh Gold-Smith … but that won’t stop the excitement for Toronto baseball fans. We’ll miss you @RADickey43 I can’t wait to get a dickey blue jays jersey http://pic.twitter.com/7mvOWZlxBrian Fritz So, R.A. Dickey. Pretty cool.T.O. Stieb What time is it? #Dickey Time! #Jays http://pic.twitter.com/Lxkq32l9Cory Wright Twitter Facebook Google+ Share LinkedIn Reddit Email Filed under: Major League Baseball Advertisement About this author Aaron Hutchins Macleans.ca editor Aaron Hutchins writes about business, culture and the lives of Canadians. He once wrote a story about One Direction too, which makes him the resident boy band expert (reluctantly). Other articles March of the sneakerheads: Inside the NBA's shoe culture Why so glum, chum? One man's crusade against pessimism. + 2 more posts this week Advertisement Post navigation Previous Week in Pictures Next Read the best we have to offer with the new Maclean’s app.