Thrill of Victory

Nashville's Dickey, Price shine at All-Star Game

Nashville natives R.A. Dickey and David Price have had impressive seasons thus far, and on Tuesday night, both secured a small place in the history books as well. Dickey and Price, both pitchers, each threw a scoreless inning in baseball’s All-Star Game in Kansas City.

With the American League trailing 5-0, Price helped stop the bleeding by hurling a perfect third inning. Dickey, pitching for the winning National League team, gave up one hit in the sixth and also struck out a hitter.

For Price, this sort of thing has been expected all along. The No. 1 pick out of Vanderbilt in 2007 made his second All-Star appearance after starting the 2010 game. Certainly, there will be more.

Dickey’s, however, might have been a little more meaningful. His story has been well-documented (I wrote about it here not long ago), but if you missed it, the 36-year-old knuckleballer has rescued his career from the brink of extinction to become one of baseball’s best pitchers. When asked about appearing in Tuesday night’s classic, Dickey’s response sounded like a man humbled and honored to be part of one of baseball’s biggest events.

“It’s just, I don’t know if I have the words. It’s a great honor, not just for me but for everybody that’s supported me, just a nice night,” Dickey said.

Having two players in the same All-Star Game may have been a first for Nashville. But how about this for an encore: Music City sweeping the Cy Young Awards this fall?

It could happen. Some experts would give the award to Dickey if voting were today. It’s hard to argue that, given that Dickey is in the top five in the NL in four major categories: wins (12, tied for first), strikeouts (123, second), innings pitched (120, fourth) and ERA (2.40, fifth).

Price is having similar success in the AL. He’s also tied for the AL lead with 11 wins, ranks fifth in ERA (2.82), seventh in strikeouts (105) and ninth in innings (111 2/3).

Price finished second in the Cy Young voting in 2010.

The National League won the game, 8-0.