Hope and charity: the perfect antidote
The Jerry Sandusky trial testimony left many readers feeling that they needed to take a shower, but there is a better antidote - the story of New York Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey.
Mr. Sandusky's tale is of a man who rose to prominence in sports and abused his position to abuse children.
Mr. Dickey's story is of a man who used sports to heal his scars as a victim of such abuse. His forthright revelations are in his book, "Wherever I Wind Up - My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball."
He frankly recalls being sexually abused at age 8, first by a female baby sitter and later that same year by a 17-year old boy. The book deals with his long struggle to deal with overcoming the psychological scars from the abuse and growing up in a badly dysfunctional household - scars so deep that he couldn't bring himself to tell his wife of his history for the first seven years of their marriage. And he writes of turning to sports as the vehicle to rise above his difficult early life.
Just as the Sandusky story is profoundly dispiriting, Mr. Dickey's story is profoundly inspiring.
He already might have achieved the last goal of the book's title, the perfect knuckleball. He has been nearly unhittable at times this season, including in back-to-back one-hitters.
And it's clear that Mr. Dickey has come to grips with the rest of his story. Last year he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for charity - an organization in Mumbai that fights sex trafficking of children.
It's always shocking to learn of the Jerry Sanduskys of the world. It's good to know that there also are R.A. Dickeys.