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R.A. Dickey and Kevin Slowey are going to climb Kilimanjaro

Apr 5, 2011, 12:02 PM EDT


This is one of those deals in which the headline pretty much says it all:

Dickey, a Twins reliever in 2009 who now is a top starting pitcher for the Mets, is organizing a group that will set off from Africa in January to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest free-standing mountain in the world. Slowey has agreed to join the excursion, which will help raise money for a charity called the Bombay Teen Challenge, a group fighting against sexual trafficking in Mumbai, India.

“R.A. and I have gotten to gotten to be good friends,” Slowey said. “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.”

Some Mets staffers — including the bullpen catcher, so be careful if he’s leading the way — will join them. I hope one of them is a trainer. I’d hate it if Dickey or Slowey got an infection after being stuck by a thorn and lied there dying, wondering whether they truly pitched enough to call themselves pitchers.

  1. Jonny 5 - Apr 5, 2011 at 12:15 PM

    • cur68 - Apr 5, 2011 at 1:23 PM

      That was so funny I watched it twice. Was that guy drunk for the whole thing or is normally that twitchy?

    • The Rabbit - Apr 5, 2011 at 3:13 PM

      Too freakin’ funny, Jonny.

  2. sdelmonte - Apr 5, 2011 at 12:19 PM

    Are they planning to build a bridge between the two mountains?

    • bennoj - Apr 5, 2011 at 12:29 PM

      • Dan in Katonah - Apr 5, 2011 at 12:52 PM

        R.A. Dickey 1, meet Kevin Slowey 2. And of course we have the 6 Molina brothers.

    • umrguy42 - Apr 5, 2011 at 1:35 PM

      Dang, beat me to it! :p

      Does anyone speak Swahili?

  3. b7p19 - Apr 5, 2011 at 12:24 PM

    Count me in.

  4. BC - Apr 5, 2011 at 1:00 PM

    Not something I’d consider doing. Unless I could get a helicopter to drop me off and pick me up on the peak.

  5. heyblueyoustink - Apr 5, 2011 at 1:03 PM

    Climbing a mountain eh? Well it’s certainly going to be easier than leading the Mets to a winning record on the season……

  6. larryhockett - Apr 5, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    My 64-year-old doctor just did this about a month ago, so I suspect these two professional athletes stand a good chance of making it to the top and back.

  7. phukyouk - Apr 5, 2011 at 2:05 PM

    Man… this joke has been going around Facebook a lot lately.

    “A “NY Yankees”, “NY Mets”, and “Red Sox” fan are climbing a mountain, and arguing about who loves his team more. The Mets fan insists he is the most loyal. ”This is for the Mets”, he yells, and jumps off the mountain. Not to be outdone, the Yankees fan is next to profess his love for his team. He yells “This is for the Yankees!!!” and pushes the Red Sox fan off the mountain.”

  8. tycobb420 - Apr 5, 2011 at 2:37 PM

    Is it just me, or is the fact Slowey used the word “remiss” in a sentence — in context, mind you — not one of the more startling facets of this story? I mean, wow.

    It’s just me, isn’t it?

  9. lanflfan - Apr 5, 2011 at 4:31 PM

    I think it was Tim Allen who once joked,”Never climb a mountain with a ‘kill a man’ in its name.”

    Good luck to those who will be climbing.

  10. ditto65 - Apr 5, 2011 at 6:33 PM

    Love the Hemingway reference.

    • Old Gator - Apr 5, 2011 at 8:15 PM

      So do I. I bet you that Dickey will have his eyes peeled for that leopard carcass, too.

  11. akeemdropsdaball - Apr 6, 2011 at 1:02 AM

    R.A Dickey doesn’t need to climb up the mountain. He can fly, we all know that.

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