Darryl Strawberry is the latest and most sought-after former Met to defend Lenny Dykstra's accusations of racism charged by Ron Darling in his new book.
On Tuesday, Strawberry insisted he never "heard" Dykstra say the racist stuff Darling claims he cried in Boston pitcher Dennis "Oil Can" Boyd before the Game 3 in the 1986 World Series, adding that he was "totally shocked" and "very disappointed" in the SNY analyst to "step on a man's life when he is down", referring to Dykstra's ongoing legal problems in recent years.
"You do not. … You do not do anything about a person that other players did not hear or other players did not know," Strawberry said at the "Michael Kay Show" on ESPN Radio. "Of course I would never have … I would have jumped on [Dykstra] about it if he ever said something like that.
" I never heard Lenny say anything racist. Never ever. He is not. I know this guy. I've seen this guy. I came through the smaller leagues with him, I've had him in my home. This is not true and it is not fair. "
Darling had told ESPN earlier on the day he stands by what he wrote in his book -" 1
"Ronnie said he has some [former Mets teammates] who have his back, but I don't get his back I don't believe it," said strawberries. "And I know I was one of the leading players in the team. Doc doesn't think so, Kevin doesn't think so. If we ever believed it because Lenny was hanging out with us, why would we ever put him in a position that he hung out with us? "
Strawberry also compared Darlings literary decay to Jose Canseco's narrative book on the steroids era as an attempt" to draw attention to himself. "
" I'm shocked, I'm totally shocked, "he said. well in what he is doing and it is just shocking to me that he will step into a book and say some things about this about Lenny when we knew we were all there. He's on the on-deck circle, how far could we be away so we couldn't hear it on Fenway? Dugouts are not that big, we are all together. I am quite sure if anything was said, how many guys would have heard it. "
Strawberry also claimed that the stubborn diver and the Yale-wide Darling were never particularly dense." "Different personalities, surely not," said strawberries. "Lenny was another type of guy. He was tall, he talked a lot of garbage, but he spoke badly in a good way, he didn't do it to put anyone down. … He was harmless. He was not a person who would say anything that would hurt anyone. I know Lenny probably called [Darling] Mr. P, Mr. Perfect, but everyone believed it was that Ronnie made everyone believe he was Mr. Perfect. "
Asked what he would say to Darling about the book Strawberry added:" You know what, I won't even waste my time talking to him at this time. It is boring that he would come out and say something like that to Lenny. We knew Lenny back when he was just a kid and we know where he is today. Why now? That's the question I have, why bring it up to him now? Because you have written a book to get headlines or what it might be? It's just not right. It's not right to do a guy like that. "
Strawberries who have fought for their own long list of problems and substance abuse dependence, especially emphasized this because Dykstra has addressed various legal issues in recent years. " We love Lenny, we care about him, and It should not come to this, "said strawberries." What happens to Lenny at this time, he needs myself and other players to come and support him. He is at another time and time in his life, and for someone to slap him into a book like that, it is not fair. "