September 29, 1993 |
Lenny Dykstra was determined to have an "in your face" season. If the gambling, the car wreck, the injuries of the last two seasons had distorted perceptions of who he is and where he was headed, he was determined to "put the focus where it belongs." Well, dude, as Dykstra would say, the Philadelphia Phillies' leadoff hitter and center fielder has done that and more. "If you took Lenny out of our lineup, we'd be battling the New York Mets," teammate John Kruk said.
December 29, 1992 |
Lenny Dykstra acknowledged he gambles legally in Atlantic City, N.J., but disputed a magazine account that he lost $50,000 at baccarat and had to be restrained from attacking another casino customer. Dykstra, who in 1991 was placed on probation for one year by baseball after testifying about his participation in high-stakes poker games, called the Philadelphia Magazine report "far-fetched." "It's making me out to be somebody that I'm not," Dykstra told the Philadelphia Daily News.
August 31, 1991
If Lenny Dykstra feels that being late for spring training means that he is not obligated to stop for children crossing intersections (Newswire, Aug. 23), let us fervently hope that, if the Phillies are ever fortunate enough to make it to the World Series, Mr. Dykstra sets his alarm clock and is sober enough to hear it. JIM STEIN Marina del Rey
August 30, 1991 |
The outfield walls at Cincinnati's Riverfront Stadium will be padded next year, the city and the Reds agreed, ending a controversy started by Lenny Dykstra's season-ending injury. The city, which operates the stadium, and the Reds were criticized after Dykstra suffered a broken collarbone by running into the unpadded wall Monday night. The plywood walls have never been padded during the stadium's 21 years, one of only four NL stadium without such protection for outfielders.
July 16, 1991 |
In the seventh inning, from a normally unforgiving Philadelphia Phillies' crowd, a chant rose. It sounded strangely like forgiveness. Len-ny. Len-ny. Len-ny. Lenny Dykstra, standing at home plate, his fingers dancing across the handle of his bat, did not look up. He didn't need to. "Out on the field is where I belong," he said.