We always highlight gonzo Lenny Dykstra stories, so it’s only fair that we likewise highlight Dykstra in a more subdued setting when he actually sounds lucid and — dare I say it? — responsible.
Nancy Dillon of The New York Daily News visited Nails at the Los Angeles rehab center he currently calls home. In the interview Dykstra seems to be fairly aware of just how much he screwed up his life:
“The way I lived my life helped me in baseball. But when you’re spending $28,000 for a bottle of wine and liking it? Nothing was ever enough,” he said, shaking his head. “The punishment gods said, ‘You know what we’re going to do? We’re going to put you in f—ing jail. We’re going to put you in the cooler because you have to pay for some things.’”
He’s getting sentenced in January on his grand theft auto plea. He’s gonna do some time. But he’s going to have some sort of life after that too, so here’s hoping that what he seems to be grokking now is something that will help him with that life later.
Tim Tebow isn’t letting go of his major league dreams just yet. The former NFL quarterback is slated to appear with the Mets during spring training this year, extending what initially looked like an ill-fated career choice for at least one more season. Per the club’s official announcement on Friday, he’ll join a group of spring training invitees that includes top-30 prospects like Peter Alonso, P.J. Conlon, Patrick Mazeika and David Thompson.
Tebow, 30, hasn’t taken to professional baseball as gracefully as expected. He batted a cumulative .226/.309/.347 with eight home runs and a .656 OPS in 486 plate appearances for Single-A Columbia and High-A St. Lucie in 2017. While that wasn’t enough to compel the Mets to give the aging outfielder a big league tryout, there’s no denying that Tebow brought substantial benefit to their minor league affiliates — in the form of increased attendance figures and ticket sales, that is.
Even after the Mets were booted from the NL East race last September, they resisted the idea of promoting Tebow for a late-season attendance boost of their own. That’s not to say they’re planning on taking the same approach in 2018; Tebow will undoubtedly get his cup of coffee in the majors at some point, but for now, a Grapefruit League tryout is likely as close as he’ll ever get to playing with the team’s big league roster on an everyday basis.