Lenny Dykstra dropped by CBS Sports Radio on Friday to discuss his new book, “House of Nails: A Memoir of Life on the Edge,” which delves into his 12-year MLB career, including his steroid use.
“Steroids, for me, I’m 5-9, I’m 160, a little guy,” Dykstra said on Tiki and Tierney. “The public, I don’t think they understand how grueling and vicious a six-month professional baseball schedule is. You play everyday. If you’re taking amphetamines, which we all were taking, and you have nothing – I didn’t forget how to hit. I was physically not able to perform the same way because I was withered away. That’s when I got traded to Philadelphia and the general manager said, ‘We’re going to give you 1990. You’re going to be our guy. You’re going to be out there every day.’”
Dykstra, who was living in Mississippi, knew what he had to do.
“I didn’t know what I was going to get, but I just knew I had to get something to stay bigger and stronger,” he said. “So I just went through the Yellow Pages and found this hillbilly in Mississippi. I went and I explained it to him: ‘I don’t need you to teach me how to play baseball. I can play baseball. I can hit. I need you to give me something that can keep me the same weight and strength I’m at now.’”
The man gave Dykstra a prescription for steroids. Dykstra went to the pharmacy, got it and returned to the man.
“He had a harpoon waiting for me,” Dykstra said. “I became a precision expert with that, though. But anyways, I started working out. I walk into spring training, I had a 15-inch you-know-what, and there’s a new sheriff in town. Anybody in my way is getting mowed down, okay? And so, I did mow down everyone, including the whole league. I led the league in hits, I was on the cover of Sports Illustrated, I hit .400 in June. Coincidence? Probably not. I kept saying ‘Good vitamins.’ But the bottom line is, for me, if I don’t do that, I’m not playing Major League Baseball. I’m a platoon player and I’m a nobody. I did what I had to do to perform at the level needed to stay there and make the money I could make.”
Dykstra, who won a World Series with the Mets and was a three-time All-Star with the Phillies, doesn’t hold back in the book. He covers everything you’d want to know about his life before, during and after baseball.
“The book is about a baseball player, but it’s not about baseball per se,” he said. “It’s a book about life. There’s some serious roller coasters, man. Way up, way down. You’ll find out when you read it. There’s no middle in my life.”