Mets and Phillies fans can come together over disgust for Lenny Dykstra
By Tim Boyle
New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies fans don’t agree on much. One thing they do have is a mutual disgust for former MLB player Lenny Dykstra.
During his playing days, Lenny Dykstra was an exciting outfielder for the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies. Post playing career, things have been incredibly ugly.
Things got even uglier for Dykstra on May 23, 2018. Dykstra was reportedly arrested for pulling a gun on an Uber driver. Adding to the chaos, Dykstra was in possession of drugs.
At this point, does anything surprise us with Dykstra. I mean, a charitable donation or humanitarian award might. That’s not how Lenny rolls, though.
This is yet another black eye on the life of Dykstra. He has been involved in multiple controversies over the years which include theft, drugs, and lewd acts. Dykstra even served time for his crimes, but maybe not enough for him to learn his lesson.
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Dykstra is perhaps best remembered as one of the few players involved in a trade between the Mets and Phillies. On June 18, 1989, the Mets sent him to the Phillies along with Roger McDowell for Juan Samuel. Tom Edens was later added to the deal to complete one of the rare trades between these two rivals.
While in Philadelphia, Dykstra put together several terrific seasons. As we later learned, this likely had a lot to do with his steroid use. Dykstra went from a skinny kid to a jacked monster seemingly overnight.
Amazingly, Dykstra managed to dodge a lot of the wild days in New York during the 1980s. When compared to what Dwight Gooden and Darryl Strawberry did to their lives, Dykstra looks even more monstrous.
That pair hurt themselves more than anyone else. Dykstra’s actions often come off as malicious and self-serving. Whatever the opposite of a Midas Touch is, Dykstra has.
Dykstra is one of those rare players who helped two teams land in the World Series. He was key to the winning the 1986 World Series and possibly even more important to the Phillies during their 1993 run.
In spite of this, fans of both organizations can agree that we’ve all seen enough of Nails.
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It only took years of Dykstra self-destructing for these rival fans to finally agree on something.