Didn’t we somehow know that the Ivy League-educated Ron Darling and the media-savvy Keith Hernandez would someday end up in the broadcast booth? And who can say they’re surprised that Dwight Gooden and Darryl Strawberry are still fighting the darker angels of their souls?
But no one could’ve predicted the gritty — OK, crude — Dykstra would end up as a millionaire entrepreneur. He started out with a chain of car-wash franchises in Southern California, but little Lenny is now deep in corporate real estate and stocks. Even more unlikely is that Dykstra has turned into a nationally-renown expert, delivering a weekly financial column for TheStreet.com.
His batting average on Wall Street? Even better than when he was batting .400 in 1990 with the Phillies, landing on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
Today, Dykstra says more than 90 percent of his stock picks are money-makers. And if you don’t believe it, he says with that familiar edge, “go ahead, dude, look it up.”
“Look, I’m one of the few players who has more money now than when he was in the big leagues, and that’s not by coincidence,” Dykstra said by telephone Tuesday. “This is my life now, this is what I do, because I made up my mind when I retired I wasn’t going to end up broke.”