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Len Dykstra: racist pervert who left befouled toilets for maids to find

Mar 26, 2013, 8:23 AM EDT

Former Major League baseball player Lenny Dykstra appears in Los Angeles Superior Court for an arraignment in San Fernando, California Reuters

Philly.com has a preview of a book about Lenny Dykstra written by a former underling. The upshot: Dykstra is “a sexist, racist, sexual deviant and one of the biggest all-around lowlifes you’ll ever come across.” Check out the link for some of the “highlights,” the least offensive of which is that he’d fill hotel toilets with poop because he thought it was funny when the maids would come in and find it.

Thing is, given what else we’ve heard about Dykstra, I’m not sure any of this is all that surprising. What it does make me wonder about is other well-known people in the world who are lowlifes like this except we don’t know about it because they didn’t happen to get convicted of crimes which emboldened the tell-allers to tell-all. Like, what if Andy Griffith was exactly like Len Dykstra, but we just never knew it because he took care of his employees!

  1. DelawarePhilliesFan - Mar 26, 2013 at 8:33 AM

    It’s terrible to see what these former Mets are doing.

    • Old Gator - Mar 26, 2013 at 8:45 AM

      Heh heh…nifty sleight of hand there, bubba.

    • fissels - Mar 26, 2013 at 12:37 PM

      He was a boy scout with the Mets. The Phils turned him into a bum! LOL

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Mar 26, 2013 at 1:50 PM

        Sigh….my snaky attempt to disown him not withstanding, I have come to the realization that we Mets and Phillies fans cheered for a guy who was not at all what he seemed. And to Craigs points, probably many others are like that as well, just smart enough to get away with it

  2. manute - Mar 26, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    The maids called that one “unplugging the Dyke.”

    • jaysjunkie - Mar 26, 2013 at 1:33 PM

      Well done, manute, well done. I just spit coffee on my computer screen.

  3. Old Gator - Mar 26, 2013 at 8:44 AM

    Then, of course, there’s the tautological problem that the writers of tell-all books are usually lowlives themselves. A lot of this new book may be complete horse shit written for profit, intended for an audience so vapid and devoid of substance in their own lives that feasting on the wretchedness of others appeals to them as a pleasant afternoon’s reading, and distributed under the supposition that as a public figure and convicted felon, Dykstra would have no prayer of winning a libel suit against the author.

    • cggarb - Mar 26, 2013 at 8:53 AM

      There’s a contrarian in every bunch.

    • unclemosesgreen - Mar 26, 2013 at 9:08 AM

      Well, there’s the rub. It is very tempting to believe anything bad about LD at this point. He’s pretty obviously not a good guy. But then there’s this other guy, this Christopher Frankie, who went to work for a guy who pretty obviously wasn’t a good guy. He likely had the idea of a tell-all book going in.

      For me the funniest part of the “Nails” saga is the Jim Cramer part, which is all true. Philly can’t lay off that action on New York, Cramer is Philly through and through. Banned from his hedge fund because of repeated pump and dumps through SmartMoney magazine. Barred by CNBC from trading with personal funds because of his ‘ethical issues.’

      He’s promoted Lenny Dykstra and pimped Bear Stearns stock 3 days before they disappeared. Anyone who listens to Jim Cramer deserves whatever happens to them as a result.

      • buggieowens - Mar 26, 2013 at 9:20 AM

        I would take stock tips from you before Cramer. After all, you are clearly HBT’s #1 prognosticator.

      • Old Gator - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:16 AM

        Ah, but how is his matzo brie?

      • unclemosesgreen - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:13 AM

        Lenny’s toilet in the pen doesn’t flush either – toilet pruno. That’s his best recipe right now.

    • mrfloydpink - Mar 26, 2013 at 12:33 PM

      “an audience so vapid and devoid of substance in their own lives that feasting on the wretchedness of others appeals to them…”

      So, Republicans, in other words?

      • Old Gator - Mar 26, 2013 at 1:06 PM

        Ordinarily, I love elephant bashing as much as the next guy (he says after reading the new National Geographic article on cloning mammoths last night). But no, I think most people who read tabloids and rags like In Touch (with what, I don’t know) are apolitical in their imbecility and rotten taste. That kind of spiritual wasteland extends across all political boundaries. Then again, perhaps that’s why dimwitted harridans like Sara Palin and slickly packaged prettyboy tinpot demagogues like Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz appeal to them so much.

      • mrfloydpink - Mar 26, 2013 at 1:28 PM

        Hm, I almost went with “Yankees fans, in other words.” Maybe that was the better call? Ot how about, “Pro Football Talk readers”?

      • jimeejohnson - Mar 26, 2013 at 9:52 PM

        I enjoyed this exchange. Pro Football Talk readers, indeed!

  4. 6stn - Mar 26, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    Flushing Meadows, and flushing bits of nails. “Pond Scum” revisited.

  5. tfbuckfutter - Mar 26, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    Didn’t it turn out Kirby Puckett was quite the turd too?

    • heyblueyoustink - Mar 26, 2013 at 8:58 AM

      I’m, by no means, a Twins or Kirby Puckett fan.

      He was accused of many foul deeds involving women, and whether he was guilty of this I cannot say, for I was not there and I don’t believe he was found guilty of anything in court.

      That doesn’t mean he was in fact innocent, but it is a far cry from what ole Lenny had going on in his life.

      So leave a dead man be, unless you know something everyone else doesn’t.

      ( I hate this sort of thing, Colin Cowherd was practically dancing on his grave the day of his funeral over the airwaves. )

      • js20011041 - Mar 26, 2013 at 9:15 AM

        I’ve never understood “leave a dead man be.” So you’re saying that we should not speak I’ll of Hitler, Stalin, or Bin Laden? Every person is judged by their actions, and those actions (and the reputations that come with them) stay with us long after we’re gone. The only difference between a live piece of shit and a dead piece of shit is that the dead piece of shit no longer has the ability to harm anyone.

      • heyblueyoustink - Mar 26, 2013 at 9:30 AM

        .” So you’re saying that we should not speak I’ll of Hitler, Stalin, or Bin Laden?”

        Please, please tell me, you can understand the difference between a baseball player popular to a select set of Americans, and world leaders who were, by most accounts, murderers at the very least.

        Of course the “leave a dead man be” line does not apply to them, nimrod, they are historical figures who held and abused power.

        Kirby puckett was a guy who got out of the hood, but could never get the hood totally out of him, a fantastic baseball player who had problems with the women in his life and died at an early age from a stroke.

        If you cannot see the difference, then you’re educational system has failed you in particular.

      • paperlions - Mar 26, 2013 at 9:33 AM

        Completely agree js2*. Death does not change the truth, and we would be better served to remember history as accurately as possible (there are already too many nefarious forces that attempt to lie about what happened). If someone was a low-life and they die, they just become a dead low-life.

      • blabidibla - Mar 26, 2013 at 9:53 AM

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godwin's_law

      • js20011041 - Mar 26, 2013 at 9:57 AM

        Heyblueyoustink

        It’s nice to know that your educational system has taught you that sexual assault is ok if it’s perpetrated by a black man because,what the hell, we all know people from the “hood” do that stuff all the time. Please elaborate further on your view of black Americans.

      • heyblueyoustink - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:02 AM

        Sigh.

        We’re comparing Kirby Puckett to terrorists and despots now?

        One troubled man who obviously had issues with women in his history, never proven guilty of anything other than maybe being a dick which may have been nurtured in him due to a rough upbringing and, according to accounts, was working to resolve that issue shortly before his time of death.

        Historically Paper, I agree, and from a general philosophy, one could claim there’s a lesson to be learned from anyone’s death.

        But Puckett’s ventures aren’t on the same plain as Dykstra’s, let alone the ridiculous comparisons mentioned above.

        In some cases, I feel it’s apt to let some folks just move on to the other side. Just a personal philosophy. not enough minutes in my life to dwell on everyone who’s died and their misdeeds, reported, proven, or not.

      • tfbuckfutter - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:04 AM

        Proof Kirby Puckett was a butthole:

        Just the mention of his name conjures images of genocide, sexual assault and racism.

      • tfbuckfutter - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:05 AM

        “That escalated quickly”

        -Ron Burgundy

      • js20011041 - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:10 AM

        I wasn’t making a direct comparison between mass murderers and Kirby Puckett, nimrod. I was using a bit of hyperbole to point out the ridiculousness of the “leave a dead man be” argument. If you can’t understand that, then I’m sorry, but your educational system has failed you.

      • heyblueyoustink - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:11 AM

        First off, JS, as far as “being from the hood” goes ( wonder how you meant that, since you’re inferring an awful lot about me personally ) I was born and raised off of Wyoming Avenue, Juniata section of Philadelphia. I’ll take you for a tour some time if you feel. I have some idea about ” being from the hood”.

        Second:

        “Please elaborate further on your view of black Americans”

        Nice arrogant, ignorant comment to make from the other side of the keyboard when you know nothing about me. I don’t have the time to go through a sociology session with you, nor do I have the inclination to have a reasonable argument with someone who calls someone else a backhanded bigot without even knowing anything about them.

        So with that being said, in the spirit of holy week, via con dios, or something.

      • js20011041 - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:27 AM

        You directly inferred that Kirby Puckett learned that sexual assault was acceptable because he had some “hood” in him. I’m not putting words in your mouth, that’s directly from your post. You’re right in that, no, I don’t really know anything about you. But what I do know is that, from your posting on this article that you think sexual assault is a “hood” behavior. I don’t have to prove anything about you espousing racist thoughts. You’re doing it for me. I, frankley, don’t give a shit what your background Is or what color you are.

        I also want to point out, that my original post had nothing to do with Kirby Puckett. It was all about pointing out the ridiculousness of the “leave a dead man be” argument.

      • heyblueyoustink - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:37 AM

        Of course it’s not acceptable behaviour, idiot, it’s awful. and there is nowhere where I can find an inferrence that you speak of. You dug your own hole as far as anything else goes.

        And quit cussin’, junior.

      • js20011041 - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:03 AM

        Well, since you’ve either developed a remarkable case of amnesia or simply have trouble with basic comprehension, I’ll use your quote to help.

        “Kirby puckett was a guy who got out of the hood, but could never get the hood totally out of him.”

        If that’s not directly inferring that abuse of women is a “hood” (code for black) behavior, please tell me what is. You can’t backstroke out of that and time machines don’t exist. Just own it. That’s all I want. You said something stupid, so just have the balls to own it. Also, I just want to say that I love your anecdote about growing up in the “hood.” I believe that’s a cousin of the old “but I can’t be racist, I have black friends” argument.

      • cur68 - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:34 AM

        My people commonly used some variation of the phrase “a guy who got out of the hood, but could never get the hood totally out of him.” Its accurate, I think. I see no reason why it shouldn’t be applied to Puckett. I think we can agree that being ghetto raised by your peers doesn’t really set you up for a life of fame and fortune.

        That said, lets keep a bit of perspective here, eh? heyblue ISN’T discounting ANY of whatever Puckett might have done wrong. Merely providing a fairly accurate reason for WHY he did it and emphasizing that Puckett’s dead and was never convicted of anything. Puckett’s not around to defend himself and was never judged to have harmed anyone by a fair court, so all speculation is off the cuff unless we hear from someone with direct evidence.

        What’s more, he wasn’t ANYTHING like a fascist mass murderer. He had more in common with Silvio Berlusconi than any other world leader. Abuse of power and possibly victimizing women but NOT making whole groups of people disappear.

        Hyperbole much, js200?

      • heyblueyoustink - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:50 AM

        Quite a heavy flag you wave to, misinterpret and twist my words into me being a racist, not legit, in favor of beating women.

        You should have been a lobbyist.

      • js20011041 - Mar 26, 2013 at 12:11 PM

        cur68

        heyblue’s offering of a “hood” quote wasn’t an explanation. It was an excuse. By saying that Puckett never got the “hood” out of him, not only was he inferring that abusive behavor towards women was a black behavior, he also minimized Puckett’s conduct by calling it “problems with women.” Dragging a women into a bathroom and groping her isn’t a “woman problem.” It’s sexual battery. Now, if he were to say that Puckett had anger control issues as well as a lack of empathy and compassion for women, then that would be an explanation for Puckett’s behavior. It’s a subtle but distinct difference.

      • paperlions - Mar 26, 2013 at 12:37 PM

        To clarify, my opinion was restricted to the idea that death should not change the perception of a person’s actions when they were alive. I was not rendering an opinion about Puckett specifically….just that whatever people thought of him the day before he died should still be manifest unless some new information (other than death) is available that would be the basis for changing one’s opinion. I also disapprove of any comparisons at all with Puckett and all-time horrible persons.

      • cur68 - Mar 26, 2013 at 12:37 PM

        js2: you’re spending a lot of time arguing about semantics while trying to paint a general explanation as though it was intended to cover specific examples for which there was no conviction. To do this you’ve dragged in fascist dictators and mass murderers. You’re working WAY to hard to paint someone’s rather mild words as some sort of emphatic statement or intent. That kind of hyperbole is the fall back of the logically-challenged. It is also an argument-loser, every time.

        On these very blog pages are people who state MUCH worse sentiments that the ones heyblue is coming up with and have far less good intention. I’d better see you crawling all over them like this.

      • heyblueyoustink - Mar 26, 2013 at 1:00 PM

        Thanks cur, I was beginning to think I was in the twilight zone.

        For the records, I still have cousins in the badlands, and one in prison on a life sentence, Howard St, and for the life of me don’t know why they still dwell there.

        I mean hell, they abandoned the local Police station.

      • asimonetti88 - Mar 26, 2013 at 2:02 PM

        Right because no one has ever said, he got out of the trailer park but the the trailer park never got out of him. It’s just a saying and you’re taking it way too hard. You were the first person to bring race into, and you were the one who compared Kirby Puckett to a man who killed over 6 million people.

      • heyblueyoustink - Mar 26, 2013 at 2:06 PM

        The stupid part was interjecting them into the commentary in the first place, making assumptions and then ranting on about them, and if, in fact, that was your point in the first place, you got way off point, all kinds of high and mighty, when you could have just said:

        ” was merely pointing out that I think the concept of ignoring a person’s sins just because they’re dead is stupid. The idea that death erases a person’s past is stupid.”

        And that would have been that. Originally, I merely pointed out that Dykstra accomplished much more in the scum bag department than Puckett did. Way more.

        As far as Puckett goes, I never apologized for him, never would. How could I, especially if all I know of him is what I can read?

        You interpreted that all by yourself JS.

    • js20011041 - Mar 26, 2013 at 1:23 PM

      Cur, I didn’t bring Puckett into this. Look at my original post on this subject. After that, I responded to arguements using Puckett as an example, but my original post was much more broad. I was merely pointing out that I think the concept of ignoring a person’s sins just because they’re dead is stupid. The idea that death erases a person’s past is stupid. We own them and they’re ours forever. I simply used Hitler, Stalin, and Bin Laden because they would be well known and obvious examples. Perhaps I should have been explicit in stating that I wasn’t drawing a direct line between Puckett and Hitler, but then again, I didn’t realize anyone would be stupid enough to think thats what I was doing.

  6. spideysdog - Mar 26, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    and what if Mother Theresa was not a mother? Jesus Craig, learn to write without the DRAMA!

    • historiophiliac - Mar 26, 2013 at 9:17 AM

      It’s just “Craig.” Have some respect for Easter, will ya?

  7. chacochicken - Mar 26, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    He was probably just a borderline sociopath who happened to like/be good a baseball. It sounds like great reading.

  8. philliesblow - Mar 26, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    Some people are glass half empty types and others are glass half full types. Panda’s not overweight, he’s just undertall.

    • manchestermiracle - Mar 26, 2013 at 9:23 AM

      And some are like engineers (“Looks like you have twice as much glass as you need”) and others are like me: Whether half-full or half-empty, you obviously have room for more booze.

  9. hotdogfinger - Mar 26, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    Good luck swimming in that gene pool Meadow.

  10. manchestermiracle - Mar 26, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    So after all these years we find out his name is really pronounced “Dick-stra.” Who knew?

  11. qacm - Mar 26, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    Hold on now, don’t be hatin’ on Andy Griffith!

    • historiophiliac - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:39 AM

      Word. Face in the Crowd was genius.

  12. bygd1 - Mar 26, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    I fell nothing for him, he is a human toad, I saw him at a Spring Training Game in late 1980′s or very early 1990′s can’t remember the date exactly. But I was standing near him when he refused to sign for a handicapped kid then ridiculed him, he is a total Ass.

  13. cosanostra71 - Mar 26, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Read through this article and was left with the takeaway that Lenny Dykstra sucks, but I think I still like him more than Jeff Loria.

  14. puckmepuckyou - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    This oughtta be good….

  15. jm91rs - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    I hear he’s about to be a grandpa and his kid is engaged to Meadow Soprano. You know he’s salivating at the thought of trying to get his hands on some of Jamie Lynn-Sigler’s Sopranos money.

    • aceshigh11 - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:54 AM

      She must be INSANE to get anywhere near that family.

      I realize the son shouldn’t pay for the sins of the father, but still…

      I doubt she’s rolling in dough because of The Sopranos, although celebritynetworth.com has her at $25 million. That site is fairly unreliable though.

  16. aceshigh11 - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    What a piece of filth this guy is. Horrifying.

  17. hojo20 - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    Dykstra & Puckett are/were both scumbags.

  18. jiminthebay - Mar 26, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    a sports writer could tale an LD stool sample, have it examined and come up with this article ” Lenny Dykstra Is In The Best Shape O His Life “…or has it been done already ?

  19. bbk1000 - Mar 27, 2013 at 5:50 AM

    Truth being told, he sounds like a typical Philadelphia sports fan….

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