With the New York Mets being amongst the worst teams in all of Major League Baseball, along with also having possibly the worst owners in all of sports, the Mets' offseason was marred with talks of bankruptcy, the non-aggressive pursuit of free agents that could have enhanced the team overall and, oh yeah, did I mention bankruptcy?
New York Mets owners Fred and Jeff Wilpon are in a financial quagmire, somewhere between the likes of $250-$385 million. So much so, that a consulting firm was said to be hired to provide "services in connection with financial reporting and budgeting processes."
Not only that, the Mets' biggest move during the offseason was the acquisition of relief pitcher Ramon Ramirez. Sure, he'll absolutely help the Mets in the bullpen, but there are so many other needs that they neglected to address.
Being financially strapped and incapable of signing a star free agent for the next couple of years, the Mets will look to perform the New York Knicks plan: suck. At least until a big-time free agent thinks he can revive a once, up-and-coming franchise back to credibility.
With all that said, and Mets fans looking for the silver lining, I have found it.
The man, the myth, the legend known as Robert Allen Dickey, originally an afterthought when the Mets acquired him on a minor-league deal with a spring training invite, became the most solid and consistent pitcher in the rotation over the past few years. Now, he is also among the few people in the world to ever climb the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.
He and fellow pitcher Kevin Slowey, among others, climbed approximately 19,000 feet since the start of the journey and walked over 40 miles. Dickey did so to raise awareness for the Bombay Teen Challenge, an organization that rescues and cares for women and girls who are at risk of being abused or exploited.
Dickey, known for being more than giving and charitable, did so despite the team's objections. Dickey was given a written threat that if he had hurt himself during the ascent, his contract would have been voided.
Dickey is just what baseball needs. Someone who would rather risk his millions to help and potentially save women and children from being abused. Someone with intellect, ambition, drive. Dickey, known for being a renaissance man and just plain awesome, even does his own corrections.
So Mets fans, it may not be the silver lining you were looking for, and the Mets may not be winning 90-plus games for quite awhile, but it is enough for me to keep rooting for my team, and the mysterious ways of one Robert Allen Dickey.