Darling vs. Dykstra vs. ’86 Mets

In his new book, 108 Stitches: Loose Threads, Ripping Yarns, and the Darndest Characters from My Time in the Game, former Mets pitcher Ron Darling claims his teammate Lenny Dykstra delivered a racially charged rant at Boston Red Sox pitcher Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd from the on deck circle prior to Game 3 at Fenway Park. 

Darling wrote that Dykstra shouted:

“… every imaginable and unimaginable insult and expletive in [Boyd’s] direction — foul, racist, hateful, hurtful stuff” … one of the worst, most shameful moments I ever experienced in the game. In fact, it resulted in a momentum shift that probably turned the Series around for us, and like most of the other guys on the bench, I stood and cheered.”

Well you know what kind of storm this started.

Dykstra has denied the allegation and threatened to sue his former teammate and his publisher:

There is no public video footage of the Mets dugout prior to Game 3. So, did it happen?

Darling, of course, says yes.

Dykstra, of course, says no.

Darryl Strawberry? No. Kevin Mitchell? No. Dwight Gooden? No. Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd? No. Keith Hernandez? Maybe.

If you’re scoring at home: It’s Dykstra 4, Darling 0.

Will we ever know the truth? No.

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