Mets Travel to New Heights This Offseason

Mets Travel to New Heights This Offseason

While Jimmy Rollins may be watching the throne in Philadelphia during the offseason, one New York Mets player is taking things to new heights over the winter months. Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey isn't content with the usual athlete offseason hobbies like fishing trips in Brazil, sneaker collecting, or taking in a Kanye West and Jay Z concert. Instead, Dickey will set off on an adventure to scale Mount Kilimanjaro.

The Mets aren't real thrilled about the prospect of one of their players climbing the 19,000-foot mountain in Tanzania, but Dickey doesn't care. He's a big boy after all.

"Yeah. I'm a grown man, and I can do what I want to do," Dickey said in an interview with New York Magazine. "But at the same time, let's say I slip, fall, break my leg, and can't pitch for two months. Legally, they have the authority to void my contract.

Dickey is using the adventure to raise money for a cause called Red Light District Outreach Mumbai, which according to ESPN combats human trafficking in India.

We always support athletes trying to raise money for a charity, but be warned, we hear the thin air at high altitudes can cause choking.

>>R.A. Dickey to climb Mount Kilimanjaro [ESPN]

Topps cover man Claude Giroux answers U.S.-Canada questions

Topps cover man Claude Giroux answers U.S.-Canada questions

Claude Giroux spent Friday signing virtual autographs as the cover athlete for Topps NHL Skate 2017, a new onilne digital trading card game. Remember when trading cards came in a bubble gum pack? 

After the event Giroux sat down with Michael Barkann for a game of “Who Does It Better?: Canada or the United States.”

The game started off with a a few easy softball questions, with Giroux picking the NFL over the Candian Football League. Then it got a little tougher, as Giroux chose Canadian hockey over U.S. hockey.

Despite talents like Drake and Shania Twain, Giroux went with the U.S. over Canada in music, and also chose American bacon over Canadian bacon.

Eventually, Barkann asked Giroux which beer he preffered. “I don’t drink beer," Giroux responded. Really? What Canadian doesn't like beer?

As he started to get up out of his seat after the interview, Giroux showed his true colors. “I love beer. I love beer,” he said.

Check out the video above to see the full game. 

Wayne Gretzky defends Connor McDavid's outburst over Brandon Manning

Wayne Gretzky defends Connor McDavid's outburst over Brandon Manning

PALM BEACH, Fla. — As the primary target of opponents over his Hall of Fame career, Wayne Gretzky can certainly empathize with the frustration of Oilers star Connor McDavid.

McDavid and Flyers defenseman Brandon Manning jostled all evening long in a 6-5 Edmonton loss. McDavid denounced the tactics of his opponent after the game, claiming Manning intentionally injured him last season; McDavid missed 37 games with a broken collarbone.

"I guess we can put the whole 'if he did it' thing to rest because what he said out there kind of confirmed that," said McDavid, who taunted Manning after scoring the second goal in the Oilers' loss.

"I think anybody who knows me or who has played with or against me along the road here, knows that I am not that kind of player," Manning said, according to a statement released by the Flyers. "I am not out there intentionally trying to hurt people. I'm a guy who plays the game hard and I take pride in that."

Gretzky didn't mind seeing that fire in McDavid, saying competitiveness is part of what makes the great ones great. And he said the targeting comes with the territory of being a superstar. It was something he and Mario Lemieux dealt with, too.

"And Connor, he's going to get tested every night, but this is not new for him," Gretzky said Friday at the NHL board of governors meetings. "He's been tested since he was a kid and then playing junior hockey and now in the NHL and he's always responded and done his part."