Lenny Dykstra Defends Pete Rose While Dressed As Santa At A Strip Club
You may remember Lenny Dykstra from such hits as being the feared leadoff hitter for the New York Mets who won a World Series ring in 1986; serving six months in prison for bankruptcy fraud; or claiming that he blackmailed umpires.
Despite the last two setbacks, Dykstra says that his life is going great, and here's evidence: he's playing Santa at Vivid Cabaret, a New York strip club. That's where an intrepid New York Daily News reporter tracked him down and peppered him with questions about MLB's recent decision to uphold Pete Rose's ban from baseball.
"The three best players in the whole history of the game aren't in (the Hall of Fame) -- (Barry) Bonds, (Pete) Rose and (Roger) Clemens. Something's wrong with that picture," Dykstra, the former Met, said Wednesday atop a rooftop bar dressed as Santa Claus, and with some fetching female elves from the Vivid Cabaret draped over his shoulders.
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When asked if he thought that Rose would ever get into the Hall of Fame, Dykstra said:
"No. Never. He'll never get in. It's written in the books, after (Bart) Giamatti died," Dykstra, 52, said.
Giamatti banned Rose from baseball in 1989, after evidence surfaced that Rose bet on baseball while managing the Reds. And writers have refused to vote in into the Hall of Fame once he became eligible.
And the future for Dykstra? He says he's writing a memoir.
"Every day above ground's a good day," said Dykstra. "It's about bringing something to the party, kind of give people hope. Without hope we got nothing. I'm doing a big book, moving the chains, getting some first downs, slowly but surely we'll get in the end zone."
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