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Driving Lenny Dykstra

May 11, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT


Scott Engel of RotoExperts has an exclusive story in which he interviewed a guy Lenny Dykstra hired to drive him around New York for a few days.  That sounds like it might be a rather attenuated account of the Life of Dykstra, but the details in there paint a highly depressing picture that, in many ways, captures the fall-from-grace story of Nails in ways that the news reports to date haven’t:

Jerry finally spoke to Dykstra’s assistant on Sunday afternoon, and was informed that Dykstra was living on the streets and had not eaten in three days. The hotel staff did not even want him in their lounge. Dykstra spent the weekend on the streets, sleeping twice in a Kinko’s print shop.

Jerry informed his wife of the situation, and they made him a plate of leftovers from their Sunday family dinner. “When I saw him that night, he was wearing the same clothes from three days ago, and he ate the food like a ravaged animal. He scarfed everything down.”


  1. xmatt0926x - May 11, 2011 at 4:46 PM

    I’m sorry. I read the story on a while back which I think was a recap of the GQ story on the history of all this Dykstra madness and I just find it hard to feel bad for this guy. People focus on the fall from financial grace but the behind the scenes stuff about ripping off his own mom and the rest of his family and employees shows how low this guy was willing to go. The thing about it is that he’s not a guy who knows he’s doing something wrong. He honestly convinces himself that he’s right and anyone with a problem with his illicit activities are just out to get him. The fact that his family lets him live like this on the streets shows how much he must have done to push them away. Scary.

    • jwbiii - May 11, 2011 at 5:21 PM

      so·ci·o·path [soh-see-uh-path, soh-shee-]
      –noun Psychiatry .
      a person, as a psychopathic personality, whose behavior is antisocial and who lacks a sense of moral responsibility or social conscience.

  2. jhorton83 - May 11, 2011 at 5:17 PM

    Yeah, he’s a douchebag that’s finally getting his comeuppance. But still, that’s just sad.

  3. aceshigh11 - May 11, 2011 at 9:54 PM

    Goddamn, I didn’t realize things had gotten THAT bad for him.

    But, as someone said above, he’s a textbook sociopath. Payback is a bitch.

  4. trevorb06 - May 12, 2011 at 10:32 AM


    Can I ask that you look more into this? Something isn’t right. What kind of man can afford a driver AND an assistant yet not be able to even afford a cheap, run-down hotel or something to sleep in at night? I’m thinking there might be something more to this we’re not getting.

    • Craig Calcaterra - May 12, 2011 at 10:37 AM

      As the article makes clear, he CAN’T afford a driver and an assistant. The assistant was in near tears because her husband wanted to kill Dykstra for not paying her. The driver went unpaid for days and then only took a fraction of what he was owed in the form of memorabilia. Hotels don’t work on the barter system.

      Dykstra was and is a huckster. The ability to create the illusion of having power and status when you really don’t is part and parcel of that.

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