Lenny "Nails" Dykstra, 1986 World Series Champion, and perennial D-Bag, was sentenced to 3 years in California State Prison today on charges of Grand Theft Auto and providing false financial documents. On the field, Dykstra was a career .285 hitter, with 81 HR, 404 RBI, and over 1,200 hits over 12 Major League seasons. Off the field, Lenny Dykstra is known as a self-centered, racist blowhard.
"You Mess With Nails, You Get The Hammer" - L. Dykstra
Becoming just the latest former star-athlete to be financially disgraced, the enigmatic Dykstra has not garnered much public support due to his public demeanor.
Dykstra was likely a victim of his own arrogance. In his post-baseball career, Nails made a decent profit in the stock market, and began to dabble in venture capital and private investing. CNBC's Jim Cramer even lauded Dykstra's ability to successfully pick stocks.
When the markets began to topple in the late 2000's, Lenny Dykstra and his investments were severely over-leveraged, leaving him so deep that the self-proclaimed financial genius was unable to dig out. His home, which was purchased from Wayne Gretzky, had been used as collateral of up to $14 Million despite being valued slightly below $2 Million.
Life eventually caught up to Lenny, and now he will be locked up for the next few years.
Bizarre Athlete Arrests
The 1993 NL Champion Phillies had quite the clubhouse character between Dykstra and "Mr. 5th Dimension" Derren Daulton: