September 14, 2009
For years, Lenny Dykstra used the glare from his World Series ring to fool people into believing he was building a vast financial empire that would eventually make him the modern day equivalent of John Pierpont Morgan.
Now that Dykstra has gone from fake financial wizard to a fine pawn shop jeweler you have the opportunity to do the same!
Dykstra, you might remember, recently filed for bankruptcy and said he only had $50,000 in assets to $31 million in debt. The championship ring is currently listed by Heritage Auctions at a bid of $7,000, but is valued at over $20,000. If only super Mets fan Bernie Madoff were around to make an offer, Dykstra might have found his way out of this mess.
Luckily, the bauble is up for sale for the rest of us. I mean, imagine pulling that sucker out in front of Jim Cramer, along with a story or two about Kevin Elster and Wally Backman? You might be soon on your way to fooling HBO Real Sports, the entire blogosphere and thousands of creditors. Only temporarily, of course.
There are other pieces to pursue if the '86 band is too expensive for your taste, including an assortment of All-Star rings, the ball from his walkoff homer in the '86 NLCS and the National League championship ring he won as a member of the '93 Phillies.
Also, if any of you wanted to take up a collection and snag me the first home run ball ever hit in a night game at Wrigley Field — current bid $375 — I wouldn't throw it back.
Given the financial hole he's dug himself, not even a collection culled from Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle and Joe DiMaggio would push Dykstra back into the black.
Even still, this auction of items from his career is a good start at making Dykstra pay for all the financial havoc he's created among those that lent him cash and essentially worked for him for free. I don't want to see his downward spiral end in tragedy, but I don't feel any sympathy while watching him hock his career accomplishments.
With the blind hunger and ego-driven greed that won him those rings in the first place, Dykstra is now simply reaping what he sowed.