I just watched the 'Up Close Open Mic' feature on Sportsnet with new Blue Jay R. A. Dickey.
Not only is this guy a fabulous pitcher - the current National League Cy Young award holder is expected to lead the Blue Jays to heights not seen since the early 1990s.
But in this series of interviews, and in all cases where he has dealt with the public through media contacts, he appears to a most thoughtful, intelligent, serious and articulate man.
His references to his wife and children also reveal him to be a God-fearing family man.
He notes how his family is looking forward to getting to know their new country, learning our culture and our customs.
Welcome to Canada and to Toronto, R. A.
In part of this TV show, Dickey is shown driving his car through downtown Toronto traffic. He comments that it is not as congested as the New York City he is used to.
But as you can see from this still clipped from that show, Dickey is not wearing his seat belt.
By the way, this is not merely a Canadian custom, my man.
It is our law.
It stuns me that someone apparently this smart and this devoted to his family would do this. If he wants to grow old to enjoy those children that he loves so much, I beseech him to wear it at all times.
Even religious people will say that God helps those who help themselves.
If you get hit head-on by some drunk - it happens - your seat belt will help a lot more than faith in any god.
We have lost too many athletes who thought they were above the laws of physics. Former NHL defenceman Steve Chaisson immediately comes to mind.
Dickey's knuckleball may appear to be defying those laws.
But if his unbelted body is hurtling towards his steering wheel and dashboard at 50 km/h - about half the speed of his knuckleball - it is going to end very badly.
Given that Dickey is a public figure and stands to be a role model for all our children, I beg of him: please R.A. - set the right example.
Oh yeah - and win 20 games.