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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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Since: Jun 13, 2008
Posted on: December 29, 2011 4:58 am

Mets aren't happy with Dickey's Kilimanjaro climb

By the way,this article was read by myself almost verbatim in Wednesday's New York Daily News.The only thing that wasn't mentioned was Martina Navratilova.It's for a good cause,he obviously knows the risk involved & if something happens while he's climbing he's obviously willing to deal with the consequenses.

Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: December 28, 2011 11:18 pm

Mets aren't happy with Dickey's Kilimanjaro climb

Gets hurt!? It isn't Everest folks. Blogger can't even do some research. It is a slog, nothing more. A hike, that's all. If you are in decent shape, no problem. People always bs about how much danger they were in on these types of things. Just as much danger swimming in the ocean. 20 000 people go up it each year and 2 or 3 die due to AMS which is ambiguous at best. They might have died sitting in their living room. It is probably more dangerous just being American over there...

Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: December 28, 2011 10:24 pm

Mets aren't happy with Dickey's Kilimanjaro climb

If RA gets hurt, I'd love to see the Wilpons throw more money down the toilet in legal fees trying to void the contract.  Good luck with that.

Since: Dec 28, 2011
Posted on: December 28, 2011 9:04 pm
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Since: Aug 31, 2010
Posted on: December 28, 2011 8:54 pm

Mets aren't happy with Dickey's Kilimanjaro climb

A climate change discussion here guys? Really? The guy can do what he wants as long as he knows the consequences. The Mets told him the stakes. It's his money and career to lose.

Since: Mar 11, 2008
Posted on: December 28, 2011 3:41 pm

Mets aren't happy with Dickey's Kilimanjaro climb

Question I have, is do they put a clause in the guys contracts that if they get hurt in a fight in a strip club parking lot at 2:00 in the morning, that they arent getting paid while they are hurt? I seriously doubt it.

Since: Mar 11, 2008
Posted on: December 28, 2011 3:36 pm

Mets aren't happy with Dickey's Kilimanjaro climb

Climate change is cyclical pal. The poles are growing bigger and thicker every year. The planet has actually cooled since the 70's, if your interested at all in the truth. Al Gore's class room scientists dont hold a candle to the real geological scientists whom the liberal press keep from speaking all they can. You are aware, that when snow piles up so high, it creates weight, which then makes it break off and fall down when up on a slope. You do know that dont you? There is no global warming and there is no climate change. The weather is what it has always been. Its up and its down then its up and its down. Man cannot alter the world or destroy it. Dont you know. God has it reserved for destruction by fire, and none of us can change that.

Since: Apr 15, 2010
Posted on: December 28, 2011 3:03 pm

Mets aren't happy with Dickey's Kilimanjaro climb

I think Dickey has a better chance not getting hurt on Kilimanjaro than he does with that medical staff in Flushing, it'll probably make him less likely get hurt compared to half the team going on D.L. by mid May. Maybe Johan Santana should go too

Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: December 28, 2011 2:58 pm

Mets aren't happy with Dickey's Kilimanjaro climb

2.  If Hemingway was still alive he'd have to rename his short story, "The lack of snow on Mt. Kilimanjaro."  I'm not a huge believer of global warming, but just look at the snow cap on that mountain now as oppossed to thirty years ago.   
Climate change is real (and natural). Man made climate change is a fallacy.
30 years from now, there may be twice as much snow on Kilimanjaro as there was 30 years ago.
First off, I enjoy that climate change is considered to be something that is "believed" in. As if when we ignore it there simply won't be any changes. And second, anthropogenic impact on the climate is quite well-documented. How people can think that drastically altering the composition of the atmosphere will not have an impact on the climate is very concerning. Science somehow brings out the skeptic in these people while at the same time they can unquestioningly accept that there is a God or higher power...

Since: Dec 28, 2011
Posted on: December 28, 2011 2:56 pm

Mets aren't happy with Dickey's Kilimanjaro climb

Good for R.A.!

I strongly disagree with posts along the lines of "why can't he find a U.S. charity?"

You guys have invested blood and treasure in improving the lot of people across the World and it's the right thing to do.  These are kids, a valuable resource to ALL of us and an emerging middle class in India that looks favourably on the U.S. and western culture in the future can't hurt.

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