R.A. Dickey is sorry he turned the Mets' holiday party for Hurricane Sandy's young victims into his own contract pity party.

"At the Christmas party I'd like to admit to you that I was unprepared for that informal press conference, if you will," the ex-Met said during a conference call yesterday. "I wasn't aware I was going to be put in that position, so I didn't have a conversation with anybody about what was going to happen. I was told there are some guys who want to talk to you. I was like, 'OK.'

"I feel badly about using a time such as that to become emotional. I want to apologize for that because that was not the venue, necessarily, to do that. That was the wrong place. It was an unfortunate situation. I wasn't ready for what was about to happen. That's my response.''

Essentially, the veteran knuckleballer said he was thrown a knuckleball. Certainly, though, the savvy Dickey had to know he was going to be asked questions about his contract status and did not need to be reminded of that by Mets officials.

The Cy Young Award winner was traded to the Blue Jays Monday in a mega-trade that landed the Mets veteran major leaguer John Buck and a trio of highly regarded prospects — catcher Travis d'Arnaud, right-handed pitcher Noah Syndergaard and outfielder Wuilmer Becerra.