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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: Mar 26, 2009
Posted on: December 29, 2011 11:46 am
 

Mets aren't happy with Dickey's Kilimanjaro climb

You kidding me!  What, are these guys not suppose to have any real life experiences outside of baseball?  Its not as if Killy is a technically challenging climb.  Its essentially a long backpacking trip, with no real technical climbing required to reach the summit.  The only problem is altitude.  And that can affect anyone, even at lower altitudes, as it can be a genetic issue as well.  Navratilova was probably fine once she was taken down to lower altitude.  HACE and HAPE can almost be completely taken away just by descending to lower altitudes.  Generally, climbers will experience altitude sickness without actually being struck by HACE or HAPE, and it doesnt leave any sort of physically debilitating disorder or anything.  In short - he'll be fine.  Plus, he's doing it for a good reason.  Let him climb!




Since: Dec 29, 2011
Posted on: December 29, 2011 10:52 am
 

Mets aren't happy with Dickey's Kilimanjaro climb

He's more likely to pick up some kind of debilitating Gastro virus, so does that mean the owners should ban travel to 3rd world countries?  A much wider issue than is being reported!



Since: Nov 1, 2011
Posted on: December 29, 2011 10:13 am
 

Mets aren't happy with Dickey's Kilimanjaro climb

Its for charity. Let him climb



Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: December 29, 2011 10:05 am
 

Mets aren't happy with Dickey's Kilimanjaro climb

Good gawd.  

Are these guys supposed to live in and leave a hyperbaric chamber when they're not playing?   

If the mets don't like it, then cut the guy.  It not like he's going to be a difference maker on the team.



Since: Nov 15, 2007
Posted on: December 29, 2011 9:45 am
 

Mets aren't happy with Dickey's Kilimanjaro climb

Mt. K is not that difficult. As an earlier poster noted it's a slog of a hike. A few of my friends have done it and they are not athletes in any sense of that word. Much ado about nothing.




Since: Oct 8, 2007
Posted on: December 29, 2011 8:17 am
 

Mets aren't happy with Dickey's Kilimanjaro climb

I'm sure that the Coupons will be delighted if he gets hurt - as it will save them 4.5 million dollsrs!


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Since: Dec 27, 2011
Posted on: December 29, 2011 7:00 am
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Since: Jun 13, 2008
Posted on: December 29, 2011 6:12 am
 

Mets aren't happy with Dickey's Kilimanjaro climb

@iundbebe,my last comment was in response to your question about contracts. 



Since: Jun 13, 2008
Posted on: December 29, 2011 6:07 am
 

Mets aren't happy with Dickey's Kilimanjaro climb

I would imagine that they have that clause in the NBA & NFL but it would probably be an individual thing in MLB depending on the attitude of the player(They might want to look at Torrealba's next contract.On the flip side,Derek Jeter,not a problem child)An NBA team probably rings up about 5-10 arrests per team in a calender year.An NFL team is about the same even though the rosters are bigger,this does not include the Bengals.I've gotta be honest,I don't know what's what since the NFL owners lockout but I know during previous CBAs or Collective Bargaining Agreements,the money wasn't automatically guaranteed.It had to specify it in the contract.I'm not sure about the NBA & I believe MLB contract's are guaranteed.But keep in mind there are all kinds of clauses in contracts. 



Since: Jun 13, 2008
Posted on: December 29, 2011 5:15 am
 

Mets aren't happy with Dickey's Kilimanjaro climb

By the way I read this same article almost verbatim in Wednesday's New York Daily News.The only thing that wasn't mentioned in the article I read yesterday was Martina Navratilova.He knows the consequenses & is obviously going to go through with the climb so I wish he raises as much money as he can & is able to come back & lead the 2012 Mets rotation to the 95 loss season that they're destined to have.


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