Check out the video above as Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey explains how umpire Jim Joyce forced him to cut two bracelets off his wrist in the second inning as the Mets faced the Reds at the Great American Ballpark on Wednesday.
Dickey received the two bracelets as a gift from his daughters back in January before he climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro and hadn’t taken them off since. He made 23 starts this season before Joyce made him remove them on Wednesday. The bracelets, which Dickey wore on his glove hand, were so tight, that they had to be cut off with scissors. Dickey could been seen in the dugout tucking them into the lining on the inside of his hat after he cut them off.
The next inning, Joyce approached Dickey and explained that Reds manager Dusty Baker did not request the bracelets be removed, and that it was his decision to bring up matter. Dickey and Joyce then got into an exchange. Yes, Joyce is the ump who will forever live in infamy for blowing the call in what should have been a prefect game for Armando Galarraga of the Tigers in 2010.
"In the moment, I was a little bit angry because those were a couple of bracelets my girls had made me," Dickey told MLB.com. "Nonetheless, I guess it is a rule and I had to follow it."
"I think it bothered him, yes," said Mets manager Terry Collins. "But he's still got to pitch through it, and he knows that."
Dickey, who was attempting to take the Major League lead in wins with 16, gave up three homers as the Mets fell to the Reds, 6-1. It seemed like he never settled into his groove after the incident with the bracelets. Dickey is now 15-4 on the season and has lost three of his last five outings.