New York Mets knuckeball pitcher R.A. Dickey said Thursday that being awarded a no-hitter after an appeal would be "a little bit cheap."
Dickey completed a one-hitter during a 9-1 victory against the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night, but the Mets appealed afterward that a first-inning hit by B.J. Upton should have been ruled an error on third baseman David Wright.
Via Newsday, Dickey would consider his own accomplishment a bit tarnished if he is awarded a no-hitter through the appeal:
"It would be weird," Dickey said Thursday morning. "I don't know if it would be quite as satisfying. I think the asterisk beside the no-hitter would get more attention than the no-hitter, you know?
"Plus, you're not pitching the eighth, ninth inning with the pressure of a no-hitter going. It would be a little bit cheap. But, for the integrity of the game, I think it's worthy of a review, just to make sure."
If the appeal is won, the Mets will have their second no-hitter this season after going without one for the first 50 seasons of franchise history.