From Craig Calcaterra over at Hardball Talk comes this synopsis of one of my favorite “developing situations” in Major League Baseball:
We’ve mentioned before that R.A. Dickey is going to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro next month. Why? Because he’s awesome. And he has always wanted to. And because he’s going to promote a charity that helps victims of sex trafficking in India, which in turn makes him awesome again, and that’s before we even get to the fact that he’s a knuckleballer.
There’s a good story about Dickey’s quest in the Wall Street Journal today. Complete with a picture of him jogging in an oxygen deprivation mask to train, which is scary/wonderful. And complete with “the Mets brass is really worried about it and have sent him a letter threatening to void his contract if he hurts himself on the mountain” goodness:
“If we thought it was a good idea, we wouldn’t have sent the letter,” Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said. “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.”
You can understand the Mets’ position — there are details in the article about the small but real risks Dickey faces on his trek — but I can’t help but think that, when he is an old man, Dickey will remember being on top of Kilimanjaro more fondly than he will remember hitting the treadmill in his Nashville home while counting the days to spring training.
Look, I fully understand the Mets desire to protect their asses on this one from a financial point of view. I get that. So if Dickey persists and does indeed hurt himself I think they should be allowed to void the contract.
That being said, I don’t get all of this “he owes it to his team, his teammates and the fans” crap about how he is taking a chance on hurting them competitively if he goes out and gets himself hurt in the process.
Do these people actually follow baseball? The Mets aren’t going anywhere anytime soon so kudos to the guy for trying to achieve a greater good.
Source: Hardball Talk