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Lenny Dykstra: live from rehab

Nov 25, 2011, 9:07 AM EDT

Lenny Dykstra AP

We always highlight gonzo Lenny Dykstra stories, so it’s only fair that we likewise highlight Dykstra in a more subdued setting when he actually sounds lucid and — dare I say it? — responsible.

Nancy Dillon of The New York Daily News visited Nails at the Los Angeles rehab center he currently calls home.  In the interview Dykstra seems to be fairly aware of just how much he screwed up his life:

“The way I lived my life helped me in baseball. But when you’re spending $28,000 for a bottle of wine and liking it? Nothing was ever enough,” he said, shaking his head. “The punishment gods said, ‘You know what we’re going to do? We’re going to put you in f—ing jail. We’re going to put you in the cooler because you have to pay for some things.’”

He’s getting sentenced in January on his grand theft auto plea.  He’s gonna do some time.  But he’s going to have some sort of life after that too, so here’s hoping that what he seems to be grokking now is something that will help him with that life later.

  1. mojosmagic - Nov 25, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    What helped Lenny in baseball was roids. Unfortunately he has been a liar and cheater his entire life. A human being who has helped no one but himself.

    • paperlions - Nov 25, 2011 at 11:15 AM

      Yep, you don’t become a liar or cheater at some point in your adult life….either you learned to think lying and cheating were acceptable strategies as a kid and applied them throughout your life, or you didn’t. The morals that define a person just aren’t that plastic.

  2. hushbrother - Nov 25, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    Jim Cramer on Dykstra’s financial strategy skills: “I’m telling you, he’s one of the all time greats I’ve ever seen.” Jim whiffed on that one.

    • lostsok - Nov 25, 2011 at 8:22 PM

      On “that one”? Cramer has whiffed more than Adam Dunn with one eye closed.

  3. texasdawg - Nov 25, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    What doed “grokking” mean?

    • Craig Calcaterra - Nov 25, 2011 at 10:45 AM

  4. bblontz - Nov 25, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    What sacrifices are required to appease the punishment gods?

  5. fuddpucker - Nov 25, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    From roid boy to grifter to FEDERAL PRISON.

    Well, at least he doesn’t wear the same suit everyday or snarf licorice in public like a cracked out baboon. Oh, wait..

  6. snowbirdgothic - Nov 25, 2011 at 12:03 PM

    His 3 main demons were vodka, pain pills, and nice red uniforms…damn, can he come in again?

  7. metalhead65 - Nov 25, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    the peoblem with people like him and the rest of the junkies who play ball is that they never try to change until after their 27th arrest and are looking at real jail time then suddenly they have a sickness or disease and need help because they just could not help themselves. maybe if they were forced to do time after the first 5 busts they may have learned about their “illness” sooner. great player or not atheletes deserve the same treatment as regular people get.getting put on double secret probation every time they get busted does not seem to help them.

  8. micker716 - Nov 25, 2011 at 1:57 PM

    Yup, Lenny’s actions aren’t directly responsible for his current predicament; It’s the “punishment gods” exacting their revenge.

  9. Old Gator - Nov 25, 2011 at 3:08 PM

    You know, living in rehab seems to have a kind of leveling effect. It strikes me that if you put Salman Rushdie’s old long blonde wig on Lenny, he would be a dead ringer for Lindsay Lohan.

  10. rajbais - Nov 26, 2011 at 1:44 AM


  11. PanchoHerreraFanClub - Nov 26, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    First McCourt sort of apologizes for what he did to the Dodgers. Now, Lenny admits that he has made some mistakes. Heck, I guess it tis the season or something. Next thing you know the Wilpons will be apologizing for $300 million they took from the Madoff’s victims. Maybe even give them 10 cents on the dollar of it back.

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