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Mets offseason news and notes: 2/1/12

The New York Mets announced on Wednesday on their official site, that the franchise will bring back the tradition of Banner Day prior to the 1:10 p.m. game against the Padres on May 27.

Banner Day stems from the club’s formative years at the Polo Grounds and continued at Shea Stadium through 1996. Fans would have the opportunity to create homemade banners and showcase their creation around the field.

More details will be announced on the Mets.com site, including guest judges, prizes and the place to meet in the weeks leading up to the event.

The official site also had a great interview with knuckleball specialist R.A. Dickey, as the righty returned from his climb of Mount Kilimanjaro for charity. The seven-day trek had the proceeds going to the Bombay Teen Challenge.

R.A. reflected on his climb on the team’s official site prior to the 32nd annual Thurman Munson Awards Diner in Manhattan.

“For a second, you feel like you’re the only person that exists,’ the starter said on Tuesday on Mets.com. “That one second is worth the whole trip.”

The trip was a grueling one both mentally and physically, as R.A. experienced hallucination and symptoms of altitude sickness roughly 500 feet short of the summit.

“There was a point where I literally couldn’t feel either hand,” Dickey said on Mets.com. “It was all about putting one foot in front of the other, and just doing it over and over and over again.”

Rumors have been swirling that R.A. will be the opening day starter for New York, when they take on the Atlanta Braves on Thursday, April 6, though that announcement is pending the status of Johan Santana, who is still rehabbing from the shoulder surgery, which was completed in 2010.

Written on February 1, 2012


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