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In the Mets’ bat rack at Citi Field, almost every bat includes a sticker with the player’s number on the knob. Not Dickey’s.
His bats have no stickers. He writes his number, 43, in black ink in the middle, with a name curled around it.
One bat is called Orcrist the Goblin Cleaver and the other is Hrunting. Dickey, an avid reader, said that Orcrist came from “The Hobbit.” Hrunting — the H is silent, Dickey said — came from the epic poem “Beowulf”; it is the sword Beowulf uses to slay Grendel’s mother.*
How did I not know this? This is bloody awesome, even if they get their Tolkien cite wrong.
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