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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: Feb 24, 2008
Posted on: December 27, 2011 7:04 pm

Mets aren't happy with Dickey's Kilimanjaro climb

What ballplayers do on their own time especially during the offseason shouldn't be any concern to the team one bit. Let these guys live. An instead of raising money for charities abroad for kids and what-not, how about the good 'ol people in your own country first???

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 6:15 pm

Mets aren't happy with Dickey's Kilimanjaro climb

A number of questions.  

Why is a group from India, raising money by having people climb a mountain in Africa, to raise money to stop sex trafficing in India?  I'm all for Dickey's ascent, but it is a convoluted way to raise money.  Good job, though, Dickey.  

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.   

3.  How hard would it be to avoid a snowball thrown by the knuckler Dickey?  Dave Racaniello and Kevin Slowey better watch out, cause you just might get blindsided by an iceball before the summit.  

Since: Dec 27, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 5:53 pm

Mets aren't happy with Dickey's Kilimanjaro climb

i thank it is great we need more baseball players to give back to help people out.god knowe's they make to much money and i think everyone should give at least (10%) of their salery to some kind of fun raiser . good job ra dickey be careful .Money mouth

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