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R.A. Dickey. (Associated Press)

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Follow the fluttering ball

Last Modified: Monday, December 24, 2012 1:26 PM

By Carl Dubois / Special to the American Press

You'd think I'd have something related to Christmas today, that I'd save something like this for baseball season, but it's only recently emerged, and it's worth seeing.

I've always loved watching — and trying to throw — the knuckleball.

When I covered LSU baseball regularly, some of the managers would show off their pitches in foul territory before a game or practice, and at least one was convinced he had a big-time knuckleball.

The best knuckleball I ever saw up close was when I played Senior League baseball in South Lake Charles, at the Brentwood fields. Wade Fruge was a pitcher on our team, and he threw a nasty knuckleball.

Guess who was the catcher? Yeah. Me.

That thing was crazy. Seeing R.A. Dickey's pitch dance around reminded me of those days. One of the guys I work with now is also enthralled with this image.

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