CINCINNATI — Terry Collins wasn’t exactly seething Thursday about the umpires forcing R.A. Dickey to remove his wrist bracelet in Wednesday night’s loss. But he surely was a bit perturbed when he checked out his iPhone late Wednesday night.
“It didn’t help that I got four texts [Wednesday] night with pictures of Felix Hernandez with a wristband on after a perfect game [the same day],” he said, referring to the Mariners’ ace. “So that didn’t help me. Somebody didn’t get the memo.”
Dickey was forced to cut the homemade wristband his daughters gave to him in January, the very same one he’s worn in is previous 24 appearances.
Collins said he hadn’t heard from Major League Baseball about why home plate umpire James Hoye enforced the rule. The Reds had nothing to do with it.
“It’s just really funny that things changed,” Collins said. “All of the sudden, now you can’t wear a wristband, but two hours ago, you could. I don’t get that. I don’t understand it.
“Again, it’s not a big deal. I even read what Dusty [Baker] said. But you’ve got to look for it. It’s not something that sticks out. They were two stinking pieces of string, you know? And so you have other guys wear big things and nothing’s done. I just don’t understand it.”