“Let’s cut to the chase, OK? Lenny Dykstra may have been a hard-nosed ballplayer who helped the Mets win the 1986 World Series. He made a fortune with his Southern California car wash chain. Thanks to CNBC’s “Mad Money” host Jim Cramer, he was also known, at least briefly, as a stock market idiot savant. But Dykstra, who is serving a three-year prison sentence for grand theft auto and filing a false financial statement, is also a disgusting sociopath.
What else do you call a man who stole thousands of dollars from former employees, friends and relatives — and even his own mother? A thief who schemed to steal the signing bonus his son Cutter received from the Milwaukee Brewers? A predator who demanded oral sex from job applicants answering ads to be his personal assistant and sexually assaulted more than one woman?”
You Think Your Job Sucks? Try Working for Lenny Dykstra
It was every New York sports journalist’s dream come true: working for a Mets legend on his glossy new magazine, leaving behind the daily newspaper grind for the world of private jets, high finance, and $18 million estates. But as Kevin Coughlin found out, when your boss is Lenny Dykstra, you’d better be ready to get beaned (via
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Lenny Dykstra (4) celebrates with teammates Rick Aguilera, Bob Ojeda and Dwight Gooden after defeating the Red Sox in Game 7 of the 1986 World Series. The Mets are off to a perfect 4-0 start. Is another World Series in their future? (Ronald C. Modra /SI)
Mets centerfielder Lenny Dykstra celebrates after hitting the game-winning home run in Game 3 of the 1986 ALCS against the Astros. The Mets would win the series in six games before beating Boston in the World Series. Dykstra turns 49 today. (Manny/Millan/SI)
“He uncoiled like Dave Parker, exhorted like Carlton Fisk, was mobbed like Bobby Thomson.” — Mark Kreidler, Denver Post