Watching Lenny Dykstra Talk About Blackmailing Umpires Is Straight Out Of A Movie
Lenny Dykstra has had a colorful existence. Between bouncing checks to prostitutes, the steroid use (as a player), the human growth hormone (as a civilian), the kidnapping, the peculiar indecent exposure charge (he thought he was getting an escort on Craigslist but she turned out to be just a housekeeper), the embezzlement, the World Series rings and the time he bought Wayne Gretzky's house -- then turned it into a toilet -- it's hard to put anything past the guy.
In a shocking interview with Colin Cowherd on Tuesday, Dykstra admitted to spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on private investigators tasked with digging up dirt on MLB umpires. Cowherd's reaction was priceless.
"It wasn't a coincidence that I lead the league in walks the next two years, was it?" he said, explaining that he would turn to an ump and ask him about his gambling, substance abuse or secret gay lifestyle.
In 1993, Lenny Dykstra lead the National League with an inordinate 129 walks -- three more than Barry Bonds. However, he had 40 the season before and 68 in 1994, which was good for third, tied with Brett Butler (Bonds lead the league that year, as well), meaning Lenny Dykstra never lead the league in bases on balls in two consecutive year. Raise your hand if you're surprised this guy is lying. Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?
"Did you bribe them?" Cowherd asked.
"No," Dykstra replied, following up his answer with the most ominous line ever delivered on sports talk radio.
"Fear does a lot to a man."
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