The Lenny Dykstra stories get weirder by the day. When Dykstra, the former MLB All-Star with the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Mets, makes headlines, it’s usually for something off the wall. That is the case once again when Dykstra took to Twitter this week to give men some advice on what to do during their extra free time because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown.
Lenny Dykstra’s Major League Baseball career
Lenny Dykstra began his 12-year Major League Baseball career in 1985 with the New York Mets after being selected by the team in the 13th round of the 1981 MLB draft. Dykstra spent the first four-plus seasons with the Mets before being dealt to the Philadelphia Phillies in 1989.
Known as a gritty, hard-nosed player, Dykstra was nicknamed ‘Nails’ by fans for being fearless on the field. With the Mets, Dykstra, a center fielder, had himself quite a year in his first full season in 1986. Dykstra hit .295 and stole 31 bases in 147 games for the Mets, who went on to win the World Series. On June 8, 1989, the Mets traded Dykstra and pitcher Roger McDowell to the Philadelphia Phillies for second baseman Juan Samuel.
With the Phillies, Dykstra led the league in hits in his first full season with the Phillies. In 1993, he also led the league in hits, runs scored, and walks. Dykstra spent eight seasons with the Phillies where he was a three-time all-star. In 1993, Dykstra finished second in the MVP voting. Injuries eventually forced Dykstra into retirement.
Dykstra’s off-the-field troubles
Lenny Dykstra was accused of doing steroids during his playing days. He was also accused of several other things, including credit card fraud and using racial slurs. Former teammate Ron Darling made those racial slur accusations in his book 108 Stitches, saying Dykstra hurled the slurs at former Boston Red Sox pitcher Dennis ‘Oil Can’ Boyd.
A series of bad investments and failed business forced Dykstra to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2009. According to an April article on ESPN.com, Dykstra put his net worth at $60 million, and also owned a black Rolls Royce
Phantom and Gulfstream II jet. According to a petition filed in 2009, Dykstra said he had no more than $50,000 of assets and between $10 million and $50 million of liabilities.
In 2009, Dykstra was cleared of charges he sexually assaulted a 17-year-old female who worked at one of his car washes. In 2010, he was accused of hiring escorts and writing bad checks. Dykstra was accused of assaulting his housekeeper in 2011, and also was arrested and charged with bankruptcy fraud. Also in 2011, Dykstra was charged with 25 misdemeanor and felony counts of grand theft auto, attempted grand theft auto, identity theft and other crimes. More recently, in 2018, he allegedly held a gun to his Uber driver after the driver refused to change destinations. In October of 2018, Dystra was indicted on drug charges and making threats to the Uber driver.
Dykstra’s bizarre tweet about sex therapy during the lockdown
In a very bizarre tweet posted by Lenny Dykstra on April 11, the former MLB All-Star outfielder went on a strange, and very possibly intoxicated, talk as he gave advice to men on how they should handle themselves sexually during the coronavirus lockdown.
Yes, Dykstra, slurred speech and all, was acting as a sex therapist. And it was some bizarre advice that opened with “You’ve got a lot of time on your hands, so you should work on your skills, you know where I’m going with this right?” he asked.
He then continued with “The bottom line is slowly, gently and don’t look left. Joking, joking,” he said. “It really is a good time to earn some points because sometimes you might lose some points.” He then started singing Time is on My Side by the Rolling Stones. He ended with, “Nails checking out… from some apartment complex.”
In the comments section, someone asked him if he was impaired. Dykstra responded with, “Too much matza and potato vodka perhaps.”