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Nailed!: The Improbable Rise and Spectacular Fall of Lenny Dykstra

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Nailed! is a dramatic biography of Lenny Dykstra—the heroic center fielder for the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies in the 80s and 90s whose gritty play earned him the nickname “Nails.” Dykstras unlikely post-baseball rise in the business world is a success story that is only matched by the sordid tale of his ultimate downfall.

From famously receiving financial guru Jim Cramers ringing endorsement as “one of the best” stock prognosticators, to hanging out with Charlie Sheen and numerous prostitutes, to holding court in his $15 million California home, Dykstra lived a highflying lifestyle. He was the toast of the business world before his litany of crimes were detected and his empire began to unravel in 2009, leading to a conviction and prison sentence in 2012 with more charges pending.

Through compelling storytelling supported by extensive research and documentation—including interviews with many of Dykstras friends, family, and business associates—Nailed! Peels back the layers to reveal that the criminal charges of grand theft auto, identity theft, vandalism, lewd behavior, sexual assault, are just the tip of the iceberg. This is an engaging read of a sports and business hero gone bad.

Review:

"Financial journalist Frankie (Newsday, The Financial Times) spins a dizzying, multifarious tale of his employer, mentor, and childhood hero: the mercurial outfielder-turned-stock-market-wunderkind-turned-criminal formerly known as Leonard Kyle Leswick. This is a decadent, debauched journey with nary a normal moment. From his humble beginnings littered with troubling social behavior — ' hijinks expanded beyond hurling turds' — the little grinder never lacked selfish ambition. Dykstra's desire to make a quick buck became toxic later in life, wherein he spurned everyone close to him. And despite sporadic 'random acts of generosity', his self-destructive habits result in imprison-ment, where the big-leaguer is depicted exposing himself to passersby through a bed sheet. In mythol-ogizing Dykstra, Frankie is at times ebullient, but this account is replete with horror stories. A refusal to pay employees is unforgiveable, but propositioning potential employees for sexual favors is perhaps the most egregious example of Dykstra's depravity. It's unclear whether this is all a ruse, whether this is just another of #4's games — the text reads as an absolution of sorts. A lackadaisical, 'boys will be boys' attitude is smattered throughout; it echoes another of Dykstra's get-rich-quick schemes, printed on glossy stock and delivered to every athlete in town. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

Learn the whole story: the glittering rise and ruinous downfall of baseball legend Lenny "Nails" Dykstra.

About the Author

Christopher Frankie worked side-by-side with Lenny Dykstra as editor of The Players Club, Dykstras high-end lifestyle and finance magazine, and as Dykstras primary confidant. Frankie has been a financial journalist for over fifteen years, and has written for Newsday, The Financial Times, and thestreet.com, among others. He lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Prologue: Back to the Middle

Chapter 1: Little Lenny Leswick

Chapter 2: ‘Dykstra DNA

Chapter 3: The Tiniest Met

Chapter 4: Rusty Nails

Chapter 5: One for the Road

Chapter 6: The Taj Mahal of Carwashes

Chapter 7: Cramerica

Chapter 8: Jocks and Stocks

Chapter 9: Movin On Up

Chapter 10: Nails Never Fails

Chapter 11: Painful Dorothy

Chapter 12: Living the Dream

Chapter 13: Bad Machines

Chapter 14: Going, Going, Gone

Chapter 15: Family Feud

Chapter 16: Lock and Load

Chapter 17: Pinch Hitter

Chapter 18: Keep Moving the Chains

Chapter 19: Miserable Millionaire

Chapter 20: Chris the Controller

Chapter 21: Greed is Good

Chapter 22: Blood in the Streets

Chapter 23: Ya Gotta Believe

Chapter 24: Hunting the White Whale

Chapter 25: Eli Manning is Too Cool for School

Chapter 26: Box of Rocks

Chapter 27: Yer Out!

Chapter 28: Late Season Collapse

Chapter 29: Property of Deadbeat Dykstra

Chapter 30: Fool on the Hill

Chapter 31: Living in Fantasyland

Chapter 32: The Barrel-Finder

Chapter 33: Outta Here

Chapter 34: Lenny and the Jets

Chapter 35: Nailed by the Numbers

Chapter 36: The Hustler

Chapter 37: Bye Bye Bromance

Chapter 38: Fallen God

Chapter 39: Naughty Nails

Chapter 40: Winning Warlocks

Product Details

ISBN:
9780762447992
Author:
Frankie, Christopher
Publisher:
Running Press Book Publishers
Subject:
Sports
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Baseball General
Subject:
Biography-Sports
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20130431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 color photos
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Financial journalist Frankie (Newsday, The Financial Times) spins a dizzying, multifarious tale of his employer, mentor, and childhood hero: the mercurial outfielder-turned-stock-market-wunderkind-turned-criminal formerly known as Leonard Kyle Leswick. This is a decadent, debauched journey with nary a normal moment. From his humble beginnings littered with troubling social behavior — ' hijinks expanded beyond hurling turds' — the little grinder never lacked selfish ambition. Dykstra's desire to make a quick buck became toxic later in life, wherein he spurned everyone close to him. And despite sporadic 'random acts of generosity', his self-destructive habits result in imprison-ment, where the big-leaguer is depicted exposing himself to passersby through a bed sheet. In mythol-ogizing Dykstra, Frankie is at times ebullient, but this account is replete with horror stories. A refusal to pay employees is unforgiveable, but propositioning potential employees for sexual favors is perhaps the most egregious example of Dykstra's depravity. It's unclear whether this is all a ruse, whether this is just another of #4's games — the text reads as an absolution of sorts. A lackadaisical, 'boys will be boys' attitude is smattered throughout; it echoes another of Dykstra's get-rich-quick schemes, printed on glossy stock and delivered to every athlete in town. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Learn the whole story: the glittering rise and ruinous downfall of baseball legend Lenny "Nails" Dykstra.

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