As It Happens

'My heart is in Toronto,' says Blue Jays knuckleballer R.A. Dickey

The Toronto Blue Jays came up short in their drive to the World Series, but pitcher R.A. Dickey predicts they'll be back playing playoff baseball next season.
Toronto Blue Jays pitcher R.A. Dickey listens during a news conference before Game 3 of baseball's American League Division Series against the Texas Rangers, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Tony Gutierrez/AP)

Baseball fans will tune into the first game of the World Series on Tuesday. But for Toronto Blue Jays fans, the night will be bittersweet. On Friday, the Jays were knocked out in a 4-3 loss to the Kansas City Royals. It was a heartbreaker for fans after Toronto had gone 22 years since last making the playoffs. But veteran Toronto Blue Jays pitcher R.A. Dickey thinks fans have good reason to stay positive for next season.

"It's sad that we had to finish before we really wanted to but overall we gave the city and the country and the organization and the fans something to be really proud of, I thought," Dickey tells As It Happens guest host Laura Lynch.

Toronto Blue Jays' R.A. Dickey celebrates with fans after the Jays defeated the Texas Rangers in game five of the American League Division Series in Toronto on Oct. 14, 2015. (Chris Young/CP)

One of the memorable moments of the playoff run was after the Jays won the American League Division Series. Dickey went onto the field at the Rogers Centre to celebrate with fans in the seats.
"I think it was really just something that organically occurred. I thought the fans have been behind us so vehemently for quite sometime this season and I felt like that was an experience in that very moment to be shared and not hoarded because the fans have certainly been a part of our journey."

The beloved knuckleballer thinks the future is bright for the Toronto Blue Jays and hopes to return next season.

"My hope and my heart is in Toronto and I'm hoping to compete next year as a Blue Jay."

To hear the full interview, including whether R.A. Dickey will be watching the World Series, please click on the Listen audio link above.