Phillies’ Ruiz talks Dickey, knuckleballs

With the news that R.A. Dickey will not start Tuesday’s All-Star Game in Kansas City came the revelation that Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz will be Dickey’s batterymate when he finally does enter. Here are Ruiz’s thoughts on baseball’s most enigmatic pitch:

Thoughts on catching the knuckleball?
“I don’t think I’ll have trouble. I can handle that. We are going to play long toss today and see how it moves. But I don’t think it’s going be a problem.”

Have you ever caught a knuckleballer before?
“I did in Triple-A. A kid named [Jared] Fernandez. … I remember a little bit.”

Have you talked to Dickey about it?
“Yeah, we talked on the bus. He said he has his own glove. I’m going to see it today.”

Can it give you an advantage the next time you face him?
“No man, he’s tough. If you’re catching, it’s okay. But if you hit, it’s the same thing. That ball is moving so much.”

Would you rather catch or it hit?
“Catch it. He has a good knuckleball. It moves a lot.”

Follow me on Twitter: @AnthonyDiComo

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 73 other followers

%d bloggers like this: