June 18, 2012; Flushing, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher R.A. Dickey (43) waves to the crowd after throwing a one hitter against the Baltimore Orioles at Citi Field. Mets won 5-0. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Amazin' Ten of 2012: #2 - June 18


Cue up “Taps.” R.A. Dickey is not a New York Met anymore. And while I’m sure we’re all thrilled at the bounty the trade brought in, it’s sad to know that he won’t be calling Citi Field and Flushing Meadows home anymore. Danny Abriano had a great piece on this site earlier that perfectly explains the strange dichotomy Mets fans are feeling on this day. Now it’s my job to help us remember why we loved R.A. in the first place. And wouldn’t you know it, purely by coincidence, the penultimate game in our Amazin’ Ten countdown is R.A. Dickey’s finest baseball moment from a year filled with great moments, baseball or otherwise.

 

#2 – Lightning Knuckles Twice (June 18)

June 18, 2012; Flushing, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher R.A. Dickey (43) reacts after throwing a one hitter against the Baltimore Orioles at Citi Field. Mets won 5-0. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

At the risk of plagiarizing myself from two months ago, here’s a more abbreviated version of how R.A. Dickey’s first start after his June 13 one-hitter at Tampa Bay went.

1st inning: groundout, groundout, strikeout

2nd inning: groundout, strikeout, groundout

3rd inning: strikeout, strikeout, walk, strikeout

4th inning: groundout, groundout, groundout

5th inning: strikeout, strikeout, Wilson Betemit single, flyout

6th inning: groundout, lineout, groundout

7th inning: strikeout, groundout, strikeout

8th inning: flyout, walk, strikeout, strikeout

9th inning: groundout, strikeout, strikeout

Final line: 9 IP, H, 0 R, 2 BB, 13 K, 114 pitches

Backed up by Ike Davis’s 6th-inning grand slam and an 8th-inning RBI by David Wright, the Mets were able to back up Dickey’s second one-hitter to give him the 5-0 W over the Baltimore Orioles.

R.A.’s June 18 gem was the crown jewel in a month and a half made for a king: from May 22 to June 29, Dickey went 7-0 in 8 starts with a 0.86 ERA, .606 WHIP, 76 Ks, and a single HR against in 62.2 innings. That stretch cemented his place as an All-Star and might have even won him the Cy Young Award.

It was a “Glory Day” for R.A., and it will be his finest moment as a New York Met. R.A. Dickey had one of the most remarkable years any baseball player has ever had, and in perhaps the strangest twist of them all, it ends with his trade to the Toronto Blue Jays. While I wish we could have had more years with him (and you know he’ll still go another four or five), my fellow Mets fans and I will always be grateful for the three seasons he was ours. At the very least, now we’ve all got an American League team to support in 2013. All the best to you, R.A. Beat up on those Yankees. Beat up on those Red Sox. Beat up on the rest of the Junior Circuit. Make Sandy second-guess trading you in the first place. And help bring another championship North of the Border.

 

June 18: the second most Amazin’ game of 2012. We’re one away from completing our countdown, and this weekend you’ll find out the most Amazin’ Mets game from the year that was (although through process of elimination, you can probably figure out what it is already).

Amazin’ Ten of 2012

#10 – Slugfest at Wrigley (June 27)

#9 – Niese Caps a Magical Weekend (June 3)

#8 – The Real Johan Returns (May 26)

#7 – Wright Rings the Phillies’ Bell (July 5)

#6 – Turner Walks, Nieuwenhuis Walks Off (April 26)

#5 – Jordany ’Spins Papelbon (May 7)

#4 – Matt Harvey’s Debut (July 26)

#3 – Dickey’s 20th Win (September 27)

#2 – Lightning Knuckles Twice (June 18)

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