The crew from 60 Minutes has come and gone. The whirlwind of interviews has started to subside. Through it all, R.A. Dickey seems unfazed.

“It doesn’t feel irregular,” he said Thursday. “It’s not more than I can manage. Coming from New York certainly prepares you for that aspect of the job. There are certain boundaries that you have to maintain to make sure you’re doing what you’re supposed to be doing, for what you’re paid to do. Being an older guy, having some experience, I feel I can handle it.”

Leslie Stahl and about 10 of her crew were in Dunedin for three days this week, taping the final bits for a future 60 Minutes segment featuring Dickey. The crew also accompanied him to India with his two daughters last month on a mission of mercy.

Now, he’s back to concentrating on baseball.

“We’re really going to have to prepare and work hard to do the things we have to do collectively to produce the product that will get us to the post-season,” he said. “Having said that I think we have the personnel and the will and the experience. A lot of teams have a lot of different components but very few have all the synergy working together and I think we have that.”

Even now that he’s a Cy Young winner and being paid like the ace that he is, Dickey can’t quite play the part. Wednesday, he took the mound for his first bullpen session as a Blue Jay and suddenly all the old insecurities that followed him for the first dozen years of his career were back.

“I’ve tried to take things for granted,” he said with a laugh. “I showed up and I’m thinking, OK, I’ll just play some catch here, get my arm loose. Then I got on the mound and I felt like I had to earn my spot on the team. That’s just part of my narrative and I’ve just given myself over to not fighting it.

“One thing that can really hurt a ballclub or an individual player is entitlement. I never want to feel that. I never want to feel like I’m entitled. I want to feel like I have to earn my way on the team.”