In his new book, “House of Nails: A Memoir of Life on the Edge,” Lenny Dykstra aired some dirty laundry about various former teammates. He accused former Mets manager Davey Johnson of getting drunk every night, called Kevin McReynolds a redneck who hated baseball, said Gregg Jeffries was whiny, and implied that George Foster was boring, unintelligent, or both. He also blamed Johnson’s decision-making for the Mets losing the 1988 NLCS.
At least one of Dykstra’s former teammates isn’t happy that he’s airing so much dirty laundry.
“I don’t like that,” former Cy Young winner and three-time World Series champion Doc Gooden said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “Lenny is like a brother to me. We played in the minors together. When we first got called up, he stayed with me for the first two years. I love Lenny. But at the same time, I had to call him out when you do stuff like that. I understand his opinions, but guys that you eat with, you slept with, you bleed with – certain things have to stay in house. But maybe he has his own reasons for doing that. I don’t know.”
Gooden, 51, and Dykstra, 53, were Mets teammates from 1984 to 1989. In 1986, they won a World Series together.
“When I do books and stuff like that, I’ll give you everything you want on me,” Gooden said. “But I just cannot feel comfortable talking about Mets guys. That’s me personally. I haven’t talked to Lenny about his book (and) the stuff that he’s saying now, but I still love him. Unfortunately, sometimes we do things and we say things that we regret. Maybe he didn’t regret it. I don’t know. I don’t know why he (did) that, but I guess that’s his decision.”
As for regrets, Gooden has a few of his own, mainly his decision to try cocaine.
“I would definitely change that,” Gooden said. “If I could change that, I would never have had the problem with drugs. But unfortunately, the first time I tried cocaine, it gave me a false sense of who I was and I fell in love with it.”
As for Gooden’s greatest on-field regret? That would be the meatball he served to Mike Scioscia in Game 4 of the 1988 NLCS. Scioscia hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning to tie the game, which the Dodgers won in the 12th inning. Instead of going down 3-1 in the series, Los Angeles evened the series at 2-2 and won it in seven games.
“You talk about the game of baseball being a matter of inches,” Gooden said. “Mike Sioscia is not known as a home run hitter. I throw that pitch and he hits it out of the park. Ties the game. My no-hitter, Paul Sorrento – known as a home run hitter – I hang a breaking ball right on the tee and he pops it up. Unreal.”