According to the Wall Street Journal, the Mets have now asked Dickey not to make his charity climb to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Though the journey is not exactly a treacherous one, the Mets still sent him a letter telling him they would void his contract should he sustain any injuries on the journey.
“I don’t think there’s really any lethal risk to doing it,” said Dickey. “It’s not like it’s Everest.“
Sandy Alderson had this to say to the WSJ on the matter:
“If we thought it was a good idea, we wouldn’t have sent the letter, 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 still intends to make the climb, and has been running with a special mask, a gift from teammate DJ Carrasco, to assist him in getting acclimated to less oxygen at high altitudes. As we learned in early November, Dickey will be accompanied by now-Rockies pitcher Kevin Slowey and Mets bullpen catcher Dave Racaniello.