Dickerson returned to the Rockies eight days later, went on to have a breakout season and on Oct. 1, he was in Mississippi with Beth Anne for the birth of their son, Davis Hayes Dickerson. It's fitting that at the holidays, Dickerson can take a break to marvel at his son stare at the Christmas tree lights in wonder, and appreciate the journey of 2014.
"I've always been a person who gets on my grind every day, working," Dickerson said. "But now I can think back on how blessed I am in my life."
For all of Dickerson's on-field accomplishments -- a .312 batting average that would have placed him fourth in the league had he not fallen 24 plate appearances short of the 502 it takes to qualify among league leaders -- the birth of Davis made the year complete. No matter what's under the tree, Dickerson has already received the gift of balance.
"It was perfect timing," Dickerson said. "It was time for me to rest. I took eight days off, which was enough time to sit back and enjoy the birth. I was able to give time to my wife. I appreciate all she has put into taking care of the baby. I saw how important it was to give her some time to herself. I didn't mind waking up to put him back to sleep or change diapers.
"I know how hard I like to work on my game and spend time in the gym. But this year I learned how to really balance my time. I know what I have to do, and I'm able to do it but still be there for my family."
The year has been full of memories, some so special that the brief trip to the Minors is easily and happily forgotten.
"This past year has been one of the best years of my life," Dickerson said. "I had a chance to open in the big leagues, and I ended up getting a fair chance and was able to succeed. And my wife being there for me and being able to experience the birth of our first son when I got back home was something I can't explain. I feel very blessed this year, and I'm looking forward to the next."
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