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Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Shocking news about Lenny Dykstra


Lenny Dykstra used steroids? Really?

Well, it's only hearsay. But, yeah. According to his onetime business associate Randall Lane (who, granted, has few reasons to be charitable toward Dykstra). It's all in Lane's new book:
I've said this before and I'll say it again ... While we'll never know everything, we'll know more this year than we knew last year, and we'll know more next year than this year, ad infinitum. I know that some of you just don't care who was using the drugs, and I understand that you're tired of the moralizing that accompanies each revelation.

But I tend to think in historical terms, and in historical terms this is all exceptionally interesting. If you sit down someday to write a book about baseball in the 1990s, wouldn't you want to know who was using steroids? Wouldn't that story in Lane's book serve as a wonderfully juicy nugget in your narrative?

And speaking of books, most baseball players really aren't interesting enough to write about. Not in a serious biography, anyway. But Dykstra's different. Between his baseball career and his business adventures and the fractured relationship with his baseball-playing son, there's the makings here of a Shakespearian tragedy. The only problem is that you sort of have to wait until the ending, to really do the story justice.