(CINCINNATI) — New York Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey was forced to remove his daughter’s friendship bracelets in the second inning of Wednesday’s 6-1 loss to the Reds. Dickey gave up five runs and pitched six innings in the loss but still is tied for the most wins in the National League with Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto.
His daughters made the bracelets for him before his climb of Mount Kilamenjaro in January.
“I was a little angry at first but they asked me to cut them off and I did,” Dickey said.
Dickey who is 15-4 with a 2.89 ERA this season was surprised by Crew chief Jim Joyce’s order in the bottom of the second, but didn’t blame his outing on the incident.
“I’ve had them on for every start, every bullpen session, since January,” said Dickey after allowing 10 hits and three solo homers on Wednesday. “I didn’t think about it every inning. They are a hot team. Sometimes you have to tip your hat to their pitcher.”
Mets manager Terry Collins wasn’t pleased after the game about the Joyce’s decision to have Dickey cut off the bracelets.
“As they explained it, you’re not supposed to have anything on your wrist. They must be newly enforcing it, 23 starts he hasn’t had to take it off yet,” said Collins. “We’ve seen other guys pitch with stuff, so we’ll make sure everybody has stuff off too.”
The umpiring crew said after the game that it was their call for Dickey to remove the bracelets, not the Reds.
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Natalia Hepworth, EastIdahoNews.com
Seth Fiegerman, CNN