November 6, 2013 |
PRO ATHLETES used to thank God it was Friday or any other day when they could do whatever they wanted in watering holes without some guilty bystander whipping out an iPhone and posting Instagram improprietries on Disgracebook. Those were the days when Cro-Magnon men and Neanderthalism were protected by media and fans alike. The playing field has changed. Cagey athletes think twice now before letting groupies append themselves under each arm. How tweet it ain't. Cats playing pianos wear thin in the annoying age of Internet suffocation, but there's a perverse charm to repeatedly watching Lenny Dykstra on YouTube compare himself to Gandhi while referring to him as "that Indian dude.
October 22, 2008 |
1990: Lenny Dykstra turned into the kind of leadoff hitter the Phillies felt they had acquired the previous season from the New York Mets. The guy known as "Nails" batted .325 and led the National League with a .418 on-base percentage. He tied for first in the league with 192 hits and stole 33 bases. In their first full season without Mike Schmidt, the Phillies couldn't find anyone to drive Dykstra home with consistency. Von Hayes led the team in RBIs that season with only 73. But Dykstra, when healthy, showed he could be one of the majors' best table-setters, and would have an even better season in the World Series year of 1993.
July 21, 1994 |
Now it's the Phillies' manager on the disabled list. Jim Fregosi checked into Thomas Jefferson University Hospital after yesterday's 9-2 loss to the Giants for treatment of a sore back. Fregosi has complained about the back for several days, and sent coach John Vukovich out to make an eighth-inning pitching change during yesterday's game after hobbling out to take out starter David West in the fourth. Team spokesman Larry Shenk said team trainer Jeff Cooper advised Fregosi "to get a couple of days' rest and medication and see how he does.
October 10, 1993 |
A gruesome combination of uninspired hitting, lackluster defense and flat pitching resulted in a grim outcome for the Phillies yesterday afternoon. They lost to the Atlanta Braves, 9-4, and now trail in the National League playoffs, two games to one. The fourth game of this best-of-seven series will begin here tonight at 8:29. John Smoltz will be the starting pitcher for the Braves and Danny Jackson for the Phillies. Yesterday, the Phillies started Terry Mullholland, who pitched only five innings in September because of a hip injury.
October 18, 1993 |
The Phillies developed an intimate relationship with the outfield wall at SkyDome last night. Four times they ran into it, twice they hit balls over it, and along the way they defeated the Toronto Blue Jays, 6-4, to tie the World Series at one game apiece. Jim Eisenreich, a gentle and clean-shaven Phillie, ripped the game open for the Phils in the third inning, when he smashed a three-run home run off Dave Stewart. Lenny Dykstra - who had two brushes with the outfield wall on defense and two distinguished catches - gave the Phillies a vital insurance run with a solo homer in the seventh.
February 27, 1992 |
Forty-eight Phillies lie on the still-moist morning grass at Carpenter Complex, reaching hard toward faraway toes. But the 49th player is standing. Alone at the center of this white-and- maroon sea of calisthenics, he chomps on a baseball-size hunk of tobacco and swings a fungo at a phantom pitch. Guess who? "I'm anxious to get going," said the 49th player. When was Lenny Dykstra not anxious to get going? The man manager Jim Fregosi calls the best leadoff hitter in baseball is back - his twice-shattered collarbone in place, his cockiness intact, his meaty fingers eager to squeeze resistance out of any bat. Filled with the adrenalin of early spring, the hyperactive Dykstra was eager, too, to talk yesterday as infielders and outfielders joined pitchers and catchers at the Phillies' rain-soaked spring camp.
May 7, 2011 |
LOS ANGELES - Former Phillies outfielder Lenny Dykstra has been indicted by a Los Angeles federal grand jury in a bankruptcy fraud case. The 48-year-old filed for bankruptcy in 2009 and is accused of later stealing and selling property from an $18.5 million estate. Federal prosecutors brought 13 counts against Dykstra, including bankruptcy fraud, obstruction of justice, concealing property from the bankruptcy estate and embezellment. If found guilty on all charges, Dykstra faces a maximum of 80 years in prison.
April 19, 2012 |
FORMER PHILLIES outfielder Lenny Dykstra pleaded no contest to charges of lewd conduct and assault with a deadly weapon related to sexual misconduct with women who responded to ads he placed for housekeeping on Craigslist, the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office said Wednesday. Dykstra, 48, was sentenced to 9 months in the county jail and 3 years' probation. He also was ordered to stay away from five victims and told not to "solicit" on Craigslist or other social networking sites.
August 31, 1991
There was something good about the way Lenny Dykstra broke his collarbone for the second time this season, and we've been grasping for a way to say it that won't seem insensitive to the pain being endured by Mr. Dykstra, not to mention the Phillies' ever-suffering adherents. The scrappy centerfielder broke it the first time when he wrapped his car (not to mention catcher Darren Daulton) around some immovable object. This time he broke it while crashing into the lamentably unpadded outfield wall in Cincinnati in the course of successfully pursuing a fly ball.
August 26, 2011 |
Former Phillies centerfielder Lenny Dykstra, already facing legal troubles involving his failed financial ventures, was charged yesterday with two counts of indecent exposure involving several women responding to advertisements he placed on Craigslist, according to the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office. If convicted, Dykstra, 48, could face up to 6 months in jail and a $1,000 fine for each count. Arraignment is scheduled for Sept. 7 in Los Angeles Superior Court. According to prosecutors, Dykstra placed ads on the website requesting personal assistant or housekeeping services.