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Ex-Met Lenny Dykstra: 'Thing That Hurts Most Is What I Did to My Family'

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By    |   Thursday, 30 Jun 2016 04:20 PM

Three-time All Star and New York Mets 1986 World Series slugger Lenny Dykstra says his path from athlete to millionaire businessman and addict took him to dizzying heights and soul-crushing lows, but what "hurts the most" is "what I did to my family."

In an interview Thursday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV, Dykstra said it was "time for me to tell" the story of "roller coaster ride" in a memoir, "House of Nails: A Memoir of Life on the Edge."

"I've been asked to write a book a lot," he says. "I just wasn't ready to put it all out there."
When Dykstra retired from baseball in 1996, he made a fortune owning a car wash business, though it fell apart after he made a series of bad deals. He filed for bankruptcy in 2009 and then from 2012 until 2013 spent six months in prison for fraud and auto theft. 

"The thing that hurts the most – and it was the hardest – was what I did to my family," Dykstra said. "All I can do is live right going forward."

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About his time in prison, Dykstra said "I learned a lot about myself."

"It's a dark, dirty, nasty place," he said. "When you're put in a cage and like locked up in a 6x9 cell and you say 'What happened? How did I get here?' … you start by retracing some of the steps."

Ironically, the "drive and determination" as an athlete that took him to success, in business led to prison.

"I thought I was invincible," he said. "Was always able to find my way out of things. You maneuver in and out. When 2008 came, again, I didn't get stupid overnight, but it's like everything happened at once and because I've spread out so much, it all just came crashing in."

Dykstra said the "hardest part" about writing his memoir was the ending.

"I could've done … like everyone else does like – 'God, I'm great now and everything's perfect,'" he said. "I didn't. I just wrote what the truth is. I just said like 'where's my life going to be?' I mean I don't know. Unpredictable is the best way to describe who I am, so I think the best way for me to end this book is by saying three words: 'to be continued.'"

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Three-time All Star and New York Mets 1986 World Series slugger Lenny Dykstra says his path from athlete to millionaire businessman and addict took him to dizzying heights and soul-crushing lows, but what "hurts the most" is "what I did to my family."
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