In the midst of yet another season out of contention for the Mets, I've found myself captivated by only one player: R.A. Dickey.
My Mets fandom has died down in recent years, the team just hasn't given me much reason to watch. Dickey, however, has managed to not only gain my attention, but get me completely hooked. I never miss a Dickey start.
Last year it was just a pleasant surprise, a random player whose name I'd either never heard or long since forgotten turned himself into a respectable pitcher. Woo-hoo.
Now he's one of the best pitchers in baseball. Through hard work and sheer force of will, he has turned himself into a legitimate Cy Young candidate. Here are five reasons why Dickey should be considered for the award.