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R.A. Dickey climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in January

Posted on: November 2, 2011 11:22 am
R.A. Dickey

By C. Trent Rosecrans

On the scale of oddballness, there's left-handers and then there's knuckleballers -- and R.A. Dickey is living up to the reputation of knuckleballers being a little different. The Mets right-hander will climb Mount Kilimanjaro in January.

Dickey's climb will be a fundraiser for Red Light District Outreach Mumbai, which combats human trafficking in India. He also spoke to New York Magazine about his upcoming trek, which was inspired by reading Ernest Hemingway's The Snows of Kilimanjaro.

"I read the book in eighth grade -- when, of course, you don't have the means or wherewithal to tackle something like climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. I always thought it would be a fantastic pilgrimage to hike to the summit," Dickey told the magazine. "For years, I -- the way that we do -- we file things in our minds, in cabinets deep in the recesses of our brains. And then it just came back out. I'm including a couple of friends in the climb: Kevin Slowey from the Minnesota Twins and Dave Racaniello, the bullpen catcher for the New York Mets organization. We're going to the summit, Uhuru Peak, which is a little under 20,000 feet."

Dickey said the Mets have their concerns, but "I'm a grown man, and I can do what I want to do," although he noted if he does hurt himself they could void his contract.

Dickey said he's done triathlon training the past two offseasons to get ready for spring training and he's added some tweaks for the altitude. He did note that not only would the altitude effect his body, but also his knuckleball, which requires thicker air -- something that won't be available at the summit.

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Since: Nov 3, 2011
Posted on: November 3, 2011 11:15 am

R.A. Dickey climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in January

With raising awareness about Bombay Teen Challenge, R.A. Dickey is helping raise support to build a new medical clinic in the Red Light District. This clinic will allow the women who have been forced into sexual slavery a place to go to get medical treatment. You should help support this cause as well to "help set beautiful free."


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