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Mets aren't happy with Dickey's Kilimanjaro climb

Posted on: December 27, 2011 4:52 pm
 
R.A. Dickey

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Earlier this offseason we noted Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey was planning on climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in January and at the time Dickey said the Mets had "concerns."

In an article in Tuesday's Wall Street Journal, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson confirmed the team sent Dickey's agent a letter letting him know the team could void his contract if he were injured on the climb.

"If we thought it was a good idea, we wouldn't have sent the letter," Alderson told the newspaper. "Beyond that, have we trided to dissuade him from going? It seems to me that the letter is enough of an effort to dissuade him, and he intends to go on nonetheless."

Dickey is set to make $4.5 million in 2012, but he doesn't sound worried -- "it's not like it's Everest."

However, the report notes Martina Navratilova was diagnosed with pulmonary edema after being taken off the mountain on a stretcher.

The 37-year-old knuckleballer will be joined on his trip by Mets bullpen catcher Dave Racaniello and Rockies pitcher Kevin Slowey, as the trio uses the climb to raise money and awareness for Bombay Teen Challenge, which helps victims of sex trafficking in India. While the Mets are right to have their concerns, it's nice to see a baseball player using this kind of off-season trip to raise money for a charity and then sticking to his plan despite his team's concerns and willing to suffer the consequences if things go wrong.

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Comments

Since: Aug 20, 2008
Posted on: January 1, 2012 12:42 pm
 

Mets aren't happy with Dickey's Kilimanjaro climb

Mets are a pathetic, classless organization that has no problem with making stupid signing after stupid signing, but God forbid a guy try to do something for a good cause.  Now factor in what a great story Dickey has been and it's hard to see any decent player wanting to play there so get ready for an influx of retreads and failed prospects.  How about another approach?  Spend a couple of bucks to support the endeavor and try to make it as safe as possible for one of the few decent players on a sorry team.  Good publicity, players might think the team cares abou them.  Oh well, good enough to know the Mets will be horrible for years.



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: December 30, 2011 10:57 am
 

Mets aren't happy with Dickey's Kilimanjaro climb

The fact is that high altitude sickness is deadly if you are not physically trained for it... think Dickey should reconsider this climb...



Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: December 29, 2011 6:49 pm
 

Mets aren't happy with Dickey's Kilimanjaro climb

this is just a reason for the mets to void a contract without having to give him anything at all if they cut him......Mets ownership is retarded



Since: Dec 29, 2011
Posted on: December 29, 2011 1:58 pm
 

Mets aren't happy with Dickey's Kilimanjaro climb

What happens if his last name falls off ?



Since: Dec 29, 2011
Posted on: December 29, 2011 1:56 pm
 

Mets aren't happy with Dickey's Kilimanjaro climb

We get it......you're from New Hampshire.  I bet you wear North Face jackets around town too.  Have fun in North Conway on New Years Eve.



Since: Jul 22, 2008
Posted on: December 29, 2011 1:37 pm
 

Mets aren't happy with Dickey's Kilimanjaro climb

Q: RA Dickey's mountain plans are still on minus the Mets' blessings. But what if he gets injured?

A: His knuckleball goes from 75 MPH to 72 MPH?



Since: Feb 14, 2008
Posted on: December 29, 2011 1:32 pm
 

Mets aren't happy with Dickey's Kilimanjaro climb

The youngest person to climb Kilimanjaro was 7 years old and the oldest person was 87.  About 20.000 people climb it every year.
It will be a fun experience, a memorable experience and for a good cause but shouldnt be looked upon as dangerous or risky.



Since: May 17, 2007
Posted on: December 29, 2011 1:21 pm
 

Mets aren't happy with Dickey's Kilimanjaro climb

It is described as a long hike but altitude sickness can hamper anyone.  I like to see this, the guy obviously is interested in life experiences over more money he doesn't need.  More than likely he will have no negative effects and can go on with his career instead of doing nothing and being what amounts to a money hoarder! 



Since: Dec 29, 2011
Posted on: December 29, 2011 1:13 pm
 

Mets aren't happy with Dickey's Kilimanjaro climb

Kilimanjaro is not a climb in any technical sense.  If you equate climbing a flight of stairs to a climb then yes it is a climb.  Otherwise as others have stated it is a nice long hke.  Many backpacking and hiking trips locally in the White Mountains of New Hampshire are far more dangerous and technically challenging.  I am sure if he decided to do a winter traverse of the Presidential Range in New Hampshire no one would even raise an eyebrow when in reality the risks associate with that venture far outweigh anything that he will encount when walking up Mt. Kilimanjaro.  

Good for him doing something to help others while at the same time enjoying the great outdoors.



Since: Aug 26, 2009
Posted on: December 29, 2011 11:59 am
 

Mets aren't happy with Dickey's Kilimanjaro climb

Dickey is University of Tennessee alumni and was college teamates with Todd Helton as both men are classy representatives for our community at UT. Dickey has faced struggles to stay in the major leagues, but it is obvious, he is using his status for a good cause. If Dickey is as intellgent as he appears to be, he has taken care of his money and isn't worried about the Mets threat.


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