CINCINNATI -- A day later, Mets manager Terry Collins was still miffed about umpires forcing R.A. Dickey to remove two cloth bracelets from his left wrist during Wednesday's game.
"It didn't help that I got four texts last night with pictures of Felix Hernandez with a wristband on after a perfect game," Collins said. "Somebody didn't get the memo."
Collins' main contention was that umpires have been inconsistent in enforcing the rule, which prohibits pitchers from wearing wristbands of any sort on the mound. He drew Hernandez as an example because on the day the Mariners' ace threw a perfect game, he was sporting a more noticeable wristband than Dickey's.
"If you look around the league, there are all sorts of things that go unsupervised, whether it's a glove string that's too long or a Band-Aid that's on somebody's arm, or an earring," Dickey said. "It's almost like a holding penalty [in football]. You can call one on every play.
"We've seen lots of pitchers this year with those little magnetic things on their left wrist," Collins said. "Some guys have got chains, and some guys don't. It's not a big deal."
Citing a directive from the league, umpires approached Dickey in the second inning and asked him to remove two cloth friendship bracelets, which the knuckleballer's daughters had given him as a gift back in January. They then further upset Dickey by returning to the mound an inning later, delaying the game to explain that the demand had come from Major League Baseball, not the Reds.
"It's not something that sticks out," Collins said. "They were two stinking pieces of string. And yet other guys wear big things and nothing's done. I just don't understand."