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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, 2006
Posted on: December 28, 2011 1:34 pm
 

Mets aren't happy with Dickey's Kilimanjaro climb

Why aren`t the Mets requiring he take slug Jason Bay & Oliver perez with him?  At least make them do something. It`s fora  good cause and it`s not like the Mets are going anywhere near the top of the NL East mountain in 2012 or 2013.  Good luck RA, have that knuckler ready to baffle in April. 



Since: Oct 9, 2009
Posted on: December 28, 2011 12:47 pm
 

Mets aren't happy with Dickey's Kilimanjaro climb

Why did MarboroMan get a score of 100 for the first post, then re-submitted the exact same post and get a 101? Does anyone understand the process of blog comment scoring? Is it similar to the BCS or the QB rating system?



Since: May 18, 2011
Posted on: December 28, 2011 12:35 pm
 

Mets aren't happy with Dickey's Kilimanjaro climb

Seems like this is a win, win for the Mets. Either he comes home having done a once in a lifetime thing or he dies or gets serverely injured on the mountain and the Mets get to shed the salary of their version of Time Wakefield.
WIN WIN 



Since: Aug 25, 2009
Posted on: December 28, 2011 12:19 pm
 

Mets aren't happy with Dickey's Kilimanjaro climb

I think that the Kilimanjaro climb as a two fold mission of fund raising as well as garnering a lot of publicity towards their cause.  It would not get as much attention if they were climbing, say Pikes Peak.   I looked up those who have climbed Kilimanjaro in the past, and while not an easy climb,  there have been hundreds that have successfully completed this climb without injury in a lot worse shape then a professional athlete.  The Mets covered themselves by issuing that letter warning Dickey the contract would be not be honored if he was injured, that would seem to be smart business.  I will agree with some of the other commenters that I could get more behind this if it was a cause here in the US.


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Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: December 28, 2011 10:45 am
 

Mets aren't happy with Dickey's Kilimanjaro climb

I'm all for his charitable efforts, but can't his focus be on helping people here at home in the U.S.?



Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: December 28, 2011 1:09 am
 

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.



Since: Jan 21, 2007
Posted on: December 27, 2011 9:54 pm
 

Mets aren't happy with Dickey's Kilimanjaro climb

I say good for him! But I know the Mets are concerned for his safety, but not the safety of their bullpen catcher? Where's the love?



Since: Jun 5, 2010
Posted on: December 27, 2011 7:56 pm
 

Mets aren't happy with Dickey's Kilimanjaro climb

I think they can find better way to raise money, without putting them self in danger or there career. Esay for everyone to say let them do what they want in the off season. because u r not the one's that r going to have to pay them millions when there on the DL. Feel bad for them if u want, because they can not do what they want when under contract. They will be retired at 40 with millions, more then enough time to do what they want, with the resources.



Since: Jun 5, 2010
Posted on: December 27, 2011 7:56 pm
 

Mets aren't happy with Dickey's Kilimanjaro climb

I think they can find better way to raise money, without putting them self in danger or there career. Esay for everyone to say let them do what they want in the off season. because u r not the one's that r going to have to pay them millions when there on the DL. Feel bad for them if u want, because they can not do what they want when under contract. They will be retired at 40 with millions, more then enough time to do what they want, with the resources.


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