R.A. Dickey's face lit up when he saw Phil Niekro and Tim Wakefield, and the New York Mets' ace greeted both with a big hug in front of the dugout.
The next thing they knew, the mini-fraternity of major league knuckleballers was talking shop and trading barbs. Dickey says it's an instant bond, since they know how hard it is to master the difficult pitch.
All three pitchers are featured in a documentary film called "Knuckleball," which premieres in New York City on Thursday night. The Mets were supposed to be off and Dickey had planned to attend, but unfortunately he won't be able to anymore because they have a makeup game against Philadelphia after getting rained out Tuesday night.