R.A. Dickey Forced To Remove Daughters Bracelet
New York Mets ace knuckleballer R.A Dickey experienced, as he put it, “a bizarre outing” Wednesday night. First, he was asked to remove friendship bracelets that his daughter made him. Umpiring crew chief Jim Joyce, following an MLB directive, asked Dickey to cut the bracelets off during the second inning.
Dickey went on to allow 10 hits, including three home runs, and two walks in six innings of an eventual 6-1 loss to the Cincinnati Reds. He didn’t appreciate the bracelet episode but wouldn’t use it as an excuse.
“I was a little angry at first but they asked me to cut them off and I did,” Dickey said.
He later added: “When you throw mediocre knuckleballs and (hitters) don’t miss them, they can be hit a long way.”
Dickey’s daughters made the bracelets for him for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in January.
“I’ve had them on for every start, every bullpen session, since January. I didn’t think about it every inning,” Dickey said.