On Dave Davies’ role on Fresh Air Jesse could not be more right.
R.A. Dickey, Mets knuckleballer, on Fresh Air with Dave Davies.
A) Dave Davies is just tremendous. Good enough that I think Fresh Air should drop the fiction that Terry Gross is the sole host of the show and let Double D be co-host. Not that Terry isn’t brilliant - she continues to be the absolute best. It’s just that Davies is a worthy counterpart, and it’s obvious even to casual listeners that Gross needs and/or wants a lighter schedule than being the sole host of the show demands. (Which, by the way, is very, very reasonable.)
B) Dickey is a thoughtful, intelligent guy with a fascinating story. And knuckleballs are the best. My only correction: there was at least one 10-year-old who grew up wishing he could be Hoyt Wilhelm. I’m not gonna say who, though. NOT GONNA SAY WHO.