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R.A. Dickey No. 43 of the New York Mets pitches against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field on Sept. 22, 2012.(Getty)

For some Americans, few things test your faith more than the existential health of your baseball team. As Liel Leibovitz writes, that third strike may not be far away.

But when news came last week that the Mets were trading R.A. Dickey—Cy Young winner, master of the elusive knuckleball, public intellectual, fan favorite—I felt something that was less the ordinary indignation of the frustrated fan and more the existential wallop you feel when your faith is being tested.

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