R.A. Dickey looked a little shaken after winning the Cy Young Award the other night, and you can't blame him, given the crazy journey that has taken him to this place -- the failures, the crushing disappointments, the renewal of a dream, and stardom, so late in his baseball life.
He thanked the New York Mets profusely for giving him a chance, for believing in him. He is a deeply thoughtful and sincere person, and he meant every word.
The backdrop to all of this, of course, is the ongoing debate about what the Mets will do with him -- sign him to an extension beyond the 2013 season, when he'll make $5 million, an incredible bargain, or trade him? The Mets have talked with other teams about a possible deal after not being thrilled with Dickey's asking price during negotiations.
Here's the bottom line: If the Mets don't figure out a way to re-sign the 38-year-old Dickey, the Wilpon family ought to sell the team. Seriously.