Dickey May Face Uphill Climb with Mets over Charity?


R.A. Dickey was the standout ace of the New York Mets this year. His bad luck 8-13 record certainly was unimpressive, but he led the team in ERA (3.28) and WHIP (1.23). He proved he could overcome the first year in Queens. Now the Mets knuckeballer is looking to conquer new heights, 19,000 feet to be exact.

According to ESPN NY, Dickey will try to reach the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro. He is doing it strictly for charity. The Mets don't seem too happy about the contribution for goodwill. If he were to suffer serious injury, he would forfeit his entire salary next year.

It's an odd development, but it raises a question. How far is too far for charity? Is a charity worth risking your career or your life? Granted, he may be, by his own admission, climbing the least dangerous mountains of the major ones like Mt Everest and Mt Fuji, but it's still a dangerous trek for raising money.

In an interview in New York magazine, he had the following to say about that,

"They (the Mets) view it as a dangerous thing. Of course, it's a risk I'm willing to take. I know what I'm doing well enough to know it's nothing more than a glorified hike."

Though it may be easy, you can see the point of view of the Mets. They have invested in Dickey. They are relying on him to perform on the field. If he gets injured on duty, they will be more than happy to cover that. However, if he hurts himself by his own volition, they recognize that they are basically screwed by his bad decision.

In both scenarios, they lose a pitcher, but they would rather be in a position to keep him as healthy as possible. Some athletes do stupid things in their off season. Some play flag football. Some go on reality dance shows. Even some do illegal things to make the headlines really interesting.

With all of that said, R.A. Dickey is climbing a mountain and he's doing it for charity. He's using his time off to benefit another human being besides himself. This act alone is worthy of recognition in this selfish, fast-paced, instant-media gratification society. Seldom are there people both in a position to help and willing to do so as well.

The Mets should be concerned if their players are wife beaters (maybe fiance's father beaters), drug addicts and money launderers, but they shouldn't worry about players using their free time to make a small difference in the world. Those types of players are the ones they should be supporting the most. After all, it's those players that help rescue the tarnished image of New York Mets baseball players of the past.

A message to the Mets: calm down and trust your high character people. If this were a player of lesser integrity your fears may have some validity. He's not. He has some experience and he's not going alone.

A message for R.A.: next time, get the whining Wilpons involved more. Maybe they may make some money off of it and stop their complaining long enough to use the money to pay some debts. Good luck Dickey!


Charles said...

I dont know any of the Mets personally. Ive never met any one of them in my life. However, R.A Dickey, from what i've seen of him, heard from him speaking on tv, and read from him in newspapers and by following him on twitter, seems to be a genuinely nice, caring, and great person whose character is unquestionably high in a time of "Me First" athletes. He's a man amongst children. A sheppard for the weak and weary. A hero who doesn't tolerate oppression, tyranny, or persecution. A faucet of truth, showering punishment to anyone who dares to pick a fight with the little man. R.A Dickey gentlemen,....watch him as strides boldly and courageously up Mt. Kilimanjaro, one step at a time. Not for himself, but for those in need. There goes my hero, watch him as he goes...

Mack said...

Twitter conversation between me and R.A.:

R.A. Dickey - Thanks everyone for all the Kilimanjaro support. It is a great cause and a very innocuous endeavor. No worries. Hike starts January 3. I'll be blogging for the New York Times while I'm gone so everyone can keep up with the progress.

Mack Ade - your journey has already begun, grasshopper

R.A. Dickey - Indeed

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