When Toronto knuckleballer R.A. Dickey steps on the mound for the Blue Jays Wednesday, he says it will be special.
That’s because he’ll be pitching against the A’s Bartolo Colon.
Dickey, the 2012 National League Cy Young Award winner while pitching for the New York Mets, has been pitching in the Major Leagues off and on since 2001, most of that in the American League.
Colon, who has pitched in the big leagues since 1997, also has spent the bulk of his time in the American League.
But for all of that, this will be just the second time they’ve pitched in the same game.
Casper Wells, the latest addition to the Oakland roster, is just the latest to learn that baseball isn’t fair – not even close.
The outfielder began the season with the A’s, but the ascension of veteran local product Jason Bay squeezed him out of a job. Wells was designated for assignment, that uniquely baseball move in which a team has 10 days to trade a player, release him or re-sign him to a minor league contract if he clears waivers.
During the 10 days, Wells couldn’t work out with the A’s or anyone, so he didn’t face live pitching. The Toronto Blue Jays claimed him, and so he went to work for Toronto. But he didn’t get into a game, and five days after the Jays claimed him, they, too, used the DFA move to get their roster in balance.