As the second inning of Dickey’s start against the Cincinnati Reds was about to begin, home-plate umpire and fashion policeman James Hoye went to the mound and told Dickey his bracelets — the ones his daughters had made for him — had to go. A Mets trainer came out and snipped them, a move that Dickey admitted made him “a little bit angry.”
“The one thing I did not really understand was when they came out to the mound and delayed that game,” Dickey said. “I didn’t understand the need for that. That seemed a little bit much.”
Dickey, 15-4 with a 2.89 ERA, went on to have one of his worst starts of the season. He gave up five runs (three homers) on 10 hits over six innings and lost, 6-1, to the Reds.
“If you look around the league, there are all kinds of things that go unsupervised, whether it’s a glove string that’s too long or a Band-Aid on somebody’s arm,” Dickey said (via the New York Times). “It’s almost like a holding penalty. You can call one on every play.”
The Reds said the move did not come at their request; Mets Manager Terry Collins said it disturbed Dickey’s routine.
“These guys do things, they get into patterns, they wear the same shirts, they wear the same pants, they wear the same socks, they wear the same shoes, and there's some other things that go along with all of their routine,” Collins said.
The bracelets had sentimental value for Dickey, who retrieved them in the dugout. His daughters made them for him in January for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.
“I've had them on for every start, every bullpen session, since January,” Dickey said. “I didn't think about it every inning. [The Reds] are a hot team. Sometimes you have to tip your hat to their pitcher.”
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...— R.A. Dickey (@RADickey43) August 16, 2012
poorly thrown knuckleballs have a tendency to get hit, and i throw some today. Besides, i'm going to hide the bracelets on me when i pitch.— R.A. Dickey (@RADickey43) August 16, 2012