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The Mets offseason training is getting serious

Jan 20, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

Leading firemen

I’m gathering from the Twitterverse that a number of Mets players are at the New York Fire Department’s training academy this morning, in full firefighter gear, going through training exercises like putting out burning cars and stuff.  The best was Dillon Gee rappelling down the side of a tower.  Take that Cashman.

I like the community outreach — and will always remember the deep connection formed between the New York baseball teams and the police and fire departments following 9/11 — but query: don’t player contracts usually prohibit ballplayers from cycling and skiing and playing pickup basketball and stuff?  Yet we’re cool with them putting out fires and being suspended several stories above concrete?

Hey, not my team.

  1. BC - Jan 20, 2011 at 11:36 AM

    In other news, the Mets medical staff is having their annual Chutes And Ladders competition today. The winner gets to meet The Easter Bunny and gets a signed photo of Snuffalupugus.

  2. phukyouk - Jan 20, 2011 at 11:58 AM

    the Collective Mets are in the Best Shape of their lives.

    • Utley's Hair - Jan 20, 2011 at 12:37 PM

      Are you calling the Mutts socialists?

      • BC - Jan 20, 2011 at 1:12 PM

        They’re an anarcho-syndicalist commune. Folks take turns being a sort of executive officer for the week.

      • Utley's Hair - Jan 20, 2011 at 1:45 PM

        Aha…the “inmates run the asylum” strategy.

  3. iranuke - Jan 20, 2011 at 3:43 PM

    Having been thru firefighter training, I’d like to point out that personal safety is a HUGE part of the training. Look at it this way, its hard to put out a fire or rescue someone if you are injured.

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