Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Mets ask Dickey not to climb Kilimanjaro
By Andrew Marchand
The Mets have asked R.A. Dickey not to make his charity climb of Mount Kilimanjaro. However, Dickey still plans on going, according to the Wall Street Journal. Though trips up Kilimanjaro are apparently not fatal or even that dangerous, the Mets have sent Dickey a letter saying they can void his contract if anything bad happens.
"If we thought it was a good idea, we wouldn't have sent the letter," Mets general manager Sandy Alderson told the Journal. "Beyond that, have we tried 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."
On Tuesday, a Mets PR person confirmed that Dickey is still planning to make the trip shortly after the new year, but said that Alderson will not elaborate further on the Mets' viewpoint. A message has been left for Dickey's agent.
Dickey, 37, is hoping to raise awareness and money for the Bombay Teen Challenge, which fights against human trafficking.
Dickey has one-year left on his $7.8M, two-year contract. He is scheduled to make $4.5 million in 2012. Given the Mets' money woes, it is unclear if they will be rooting for Dickey or the mountain during his adventure.