Another 'Nails' story
I read this and couldn't help note that here was a player we loved. Tough as Nails, sure, but I always admired him as someone who always fought hard to play above any expectations of him.
I saw him in his major league debut and laughed. This was a major leaguer? This stump of a human being? I stopped laughing when his 5-foot-8-inch nothing of an athlete managed to line a pitch just over the right field foul line for a home run in his second major league at bat.
But even then i was sure it was a fluke. Lenny Dykstra, I was sure, was no major league player. We were wasting our time with him.
But he was and we weren't. Indeed, not only was he a major league player but he was a damned good one at that. No other Met in team history -- Donn Clendenon, Gary Carter, Darryl Strawberry, or even Mike Piazza -- has hit more home runs in the post season than Lenny Dykstra.
It never occurred to me that this exciting player, one of my all time Met favorites, was a POS as a person. Who knew?
"Mr. Martin Tanner, Baritone, of Dayton, Ohio made his Town Hall debut last night. He came well prepared, but unfortunately his presentation was not up to contemporary professional standards. His voice lacks the range of tonal color necessary to make it consistently interesting. Full time consideration of another endeavor might be in order."