Lenny Dykstra is a shell of his former self, at least to those of us Mets fans who grew up in the ‘70’s and ‘80’s. We knew the Dykstra who led off for the ’86 team and played center field with reckless abandon, the one who won Game 3 of the ’86 NLCS with a line drive over the right field wall off Astros’ closer Dave Smith and then was swallowed up at home plate in a sea of celebrating teammates. Dykstra would later be traded to the Phillies, who he later helped reach the World Series two more times. Everybody loved watching the guy play, usually provided he was playing for your team.
But after a car accident in 1991 in which Dykstra was driving drunk and nearly killed himself and teammate Darren Daulton is when things started to unravel, or at least when consequences started following Lenny’s actions. Years later, the consequences are growing more serious, as Dykstra has recently been portrayed as a lying, cheating, backstabbing, sorry excuse for a human being–yes, really, all of those things. After facing a lawsuit in 2005 from a business partner, Dykstra became known in the business world as an expert stock picker and was even interviewed on CNBC.
But sadly, 2009 has been the year when the world has struck back at Dykstra, and it’s been striking back with a vengeance. His wife, Terri, filed for divorce in April, shortly after an article ran in GQ that detailed one person’s experience of having Dykstra as an employer. That horrific story led to more investigating, and ESPN reported in April that Dykstra was indeed the subject of more than 20 lawsuits since 2007. Last week the Daily News ran a story about how Dykstra was dodging creditors, and how he was stealing pieces of his own property to sell in order to raise income.
To which all of this has to make us wonder, how much are we not reading? And how unbelievable this is that one person can be such a wrecking crew to the lives and wallets of those around him—the same way he used to be a one-man wrecking crew to opposing teams and outfield fences. It’s probably safe to say the guy is beyond hope, but we should probably all hope he winds up in prison to stop the proverbial bleeding, and to keep Dykstra from continuing to mess up anyone else’s life, or his own.