NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – The umps are no friend to bracelets.
Mets sensation R.A. Dickey was visited on the mound twice by umpires last night. They ordered him to remove friendship bracelets from his wrists. He’d been wearing them since January after his daughters made them to commemorate his climb of Mt. Kilimanjaro, he said.
“I’ve had them on for every start, every bullpen session,” Dickey said. “I was a little angry at first.”
Mets manager Terry Collins said he was told by umpire Jim Joyce that they were following a Major League Baseball directive and that their actions weren’t prompted by any complaints from the Reds.
Dickey took to Twitter to discuss the incident, and his comparatively poor performance in the game, which the Mets ultimately lost 6-1.
“Thank you everyone for your support on the bracelets. My girls appreciate it too. I wish it was as easy as saying that was the reason but…,” Dickey Tweeted. “Poorly thrown knuckleballs have a tendency to get hit, and I throw [cq] some today. Besides, I’m going to hide the bracelets on me when I pitch.”
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