The 2013 season hasn't gone as R.A. Dickey would have hoped for.
The reigning National League Cy Young winner signed a free agent deal with the Toronto Blue Jays this winter in hopes of leading the Canadian franchise back to the World Series. But he and the Jays have fallen on rough times and currently find themselves sporting a disappointing 13-23 record and last place standing in the American League East Division.
Their latest defeat came Thursday against the Tampa Bay Rays, 5-4, in a game that Dickey started opposite of reigning American League Cy Young winner David Price. But Toronto's lack of success hasn't been because they aren't trying, according to Dickey.
“It’s just sad, because you pour your heart and soul into the game and it doesn’t always end up in a win. We’re playing hard. We’re not maybe playing the smartest baseball, but we’re playing hard as crud.”
Hard as what? Crud?
I couldn't find a definitive answer to what exactly crud is, but it seems as though it is an operative word to use in place of another four-letter word that represents feces. Way to keep it classy, sir.
Dickey is just 2-5 this year and holds an astronomical 5.06 ERA. He posted a 20-5 record and 2.73 ERA for the New York Mets a season ago.
Via Big League Stew