Mets fans were understandably upset that R.A. Dickey didn't get to start the All-Star Game. To make matters worse, he wasn't going to get in the game in the third or fourth innings, either, because either a) Buster Posey is a delicate flower who shan't catch knuckleballs, or b) a real American who knows that knuckleballs are a part of a Bolshevik plot.
But Dickey did get into the game, coming into the sixth inning. Now if there's a list of players the baseball-loving world was excited to see, Dickey is at the top. But Mike Trout might be at the top, and when he came into the game, he showed why:
I'm not sure if that was the second knuckleball Mike Trout has ever seen in his life ... but it could have been. How many opportunities to players get to see a knuckler in high school or the minors? I'd put the over/under on knucklers seen by Trout at five.
After striking out Mark Trumbo, Dickey hit Paul Konerko. He got out of the jam, though, by getting Miguel Cabrera to hit into a double play. Dickey leaves unscathed, and we got to watch Mike Trout. Win/win.