Dickey shows Letterman his knuckleball

07/12/2012 5:07 PM ET
By Stephanie Jenks
New York Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey earned an All-Star berth based on – and may have lost the opportunity to start Tuesday’s All-Star Game because of – his devastating knuckleball.

But on Wednesday night, the pitch, which is often troublesome for even the best of MLB catchers, seemed to do little harm to talk show host David Letterman.

Dickey appeared Wednesday's episode of The Late Show with Letterman to discuss his success this season, and the 37-year-old even shared the technique behind his knuckleball before throwing a couple of knucklers to Letterman, who borrowed Mets catcher Josh Thole’s glove – the same one Phillies backstop Carlos Ruiz used in the All-Star Game – for the impromptu game of catch.

"I feel like I'm at the circus," Dickey told Letterman after a couple of throws.

The All-Star and also revealed the madness behind his methods, telling Letterman that he developed (and perfected) the knuckleball to reinvent his game after struggling early in his career.

It seems to have worked, as Dickey compiled a 12-1 record with a 2.40 ERA and 123 strikeouts in the first half for the Mets and also pitched a scoreless sixth inning in the “Midsummer Classic.”

Dickey is scheduled to make his first start of the second half on Saturday against the Atlanta Braves. comments