R.A. Dickey pitched for the Mariners for parts of the 2008 season. He posted a 5-8 record in 32 appearances and 14 starts. But during that season, he easily became one of my favorite people in all of baseball. And I know I'm not alone.
He's one of the most likable, intelligent and interesting guys I've ever met in baseball. And after that season, I will always cheer for him to have success.
Earlier this year, Dickey was none too pleased when Jerry Manuel removed him from a game. He didn't go all Chone Figgins on his manager but voiced his displeasure, and discussed it frankly and openly after the game.
If you don't know about Dickey's winding path to baseball success, take a look at this great story from the NY Times on him.
The Mets are mess. Francisco Rodriguez and Johan Santana have legal troubles. Either Manuel or GM Omar Minaya or both could lose their jobs and they have one of the highest payrolls in all of baseball.
But for all that has gone wrong this season - like Jason Bay's lack of power, the signing of Dickey in the offseason has gone right.
Sure there have been guys who've worn the Mariners uniform that have made more of an impact on the field and the team, but Dickey made an impression on plenty of people in his one season in Seattle. He's a good guy, who simply gets what it means to be a professional baseball player.
And right now, the Seattle Mariners could use a few more of those guys.