Apparently, there’s no stopping New York Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey from climbing Mount Kilimanjaro next week.
The Mets sent him a letter, warning him that if he were injured on his climb — which is also scheduled to include Colorado Rockies pitcher Kevin Slowey — it could void his $4.25 million contract for 2012.
“If we thought it was a good idea, we wouldn’t have sent the letter,” Mets general manager Sandy Alderson told the Wall Street Journal, which reported the letter on Tuesday. “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.”
Dickey, 37, and Slowey, 27, have had plans in the work for some time. Slowey was traded from the Twins to the Rockies on Dec. 6. The two were teammates on the Twins in 2009.
“R.A. and I have gotten to be good friends,” Slowey told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune back in April. “This is something that if you get the chance to go do, you’d be remiss not to consider it. And it’s definitely for a great cause.”
The players, along with Mets bullpen catcher Dave Racaniello, will attempt to climb the world’s largest free-standing mountain as part of the Bombay Teen Challenge, a charity which supports victims of sex trafficking in Mumbai, India.
Read more from the USA Today article with R.A. Dickey, Kevin Slowey, a pitcher for the Colorado Rockies and Dave Racaniello, the bullpen catcher for the Mets.