Mike Missanelli’s Interview with Lenny Dykstra is (Still) One of the Greatest Sports Interviews Ever

Photo: 97.5 The Fanatic

This is a re-post from last year because, today, Dykstra went on Colin Cowherd’s show and said basically the same stuff he told Missanelli last spring. Everyone is sending me the link to the Cowherd interview – here it is – but I’m not writing the same post twice.

 

I’m not even sure where to begin here, but this is one of the best sports interviews I’ve ever heard. Maybe the best. No joke. No fluff. No hyperbole.

Lenny Dykstra has the reputation of a world-class asshole and, by all accounts, it’s mostly deserved. But he’s always told the truth (or at least his version of it), and now, he’s doing it sober. Unlike his crazy rants while talking to Alex Jones and John Clark (show me another time when those two names are written together in the same sentence), Dykstra, with Mike Missanelli yesterday, was captivating to listen to. He gave his thoughts on taking steroids, walking around like he had a “10-inch you know what,” his hypothetical threatening of umpires, Ben Revere, the 1993 Phillies, baseball and life in general. It’s fantastic. You can’t stop listening.

Here are the audio links to the full two hours [hour 1] [hour 2]. The play button is hard to find and at the bottom of the image. It will play on mobile.

With permission from 97.5, here are just some of the audio highlights. There’s literally too many to choose from:

Drug situation— 0:01

“I got tested last night. It’s real testing. Real ones. He walks in and watches me… it’s not as impressive as probably watching Strawberry, but he watches me.”

Harry Kalas and getting traded to the  Phillies— 0:43 

“One of the greatest people ever, and talent by the way.” 

Taking steroids— 2:10

In 1990, Lenny went to a doctor in Mississippi that he described as a “hillbilly” and got a prescription for steroids, because he believed he was good enough to be a starter but was too small to hold up over a full season. He started working out and showed up to spring training “like a Greek statue,” walking around like he had “a 10-inch you know what.”

Ben Revere— 2:46

“What’s his on-base percentage? .317. Really? You’re supposed to hit .317. And he’s leading off. And he’s an average outfielder. And he doesn’t have any power. And I don’t know if a lot of people are saying, ‘Hey hunny hurry man let’s go see Ben Revere play tonight.'”

Accident— 4:12

“The [cops] let us go. These are big Phillies fans. They let us go. So halfway down the sidewalk, I look at [Darren Daulton] and, cause I didn’t care, I knew he was tougher than me, I say, ‘You know what, you can call me a wimp or a P-U or whatever, but I got to go to the hospital, dude, because I think I’m going to die.’ And he looked at me and he said, ‘Me too.'”

Bobby Cox— 5:14

Lenny recounts his home run in Game 5 of the 1993 NLCS when he screamed “DIDN’T I?” coming around the bases (he also used it in this interview). He called it the greatest home run of his career because Bobby Cox, the manager of the NL All-Star Team that year, snubbed him. He also mentioned that it was the night Cox went home and beat his wife.

He’s half right.

Cox was accused of beating his wife after a loss to the Phillies in which Lenny had two hits, but that was in May of 1995, not during the 1993 NLCS.

Threatening umpires— 7:13

This is one Lenny wouldn’t own up to (though he hardly denied it and was happy to speak in hypotheticals) since he’s on probation. But the story goes that Lenny spent $200k to hire private investigators so he could tell umpires he knew what they had done the night before – with a woman, gambling, etc. – when he walked into the box. The result? Ball one.

“Is that genius or what? Because guess what, the umpires control your livelihood.”

“That’s a great idea you just talked about… the bottom line is that after that, I led the league in walks a couple of years.”

He later recounted a story about breaking up a John Smoltz no-hitter in the ninth inning of a game in 1990. He said he got ahead in the count because he had the umpire in his pocket. And indeed he did go up 1-0:

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Sports talk radio needs to do more of these sorts of interviews instead of the often nonsensical 10-minute hits with [insert talking head]. You can hardly extract any good information or stories in that short of a time period (unless you’re talking to Jeremy Roenick). For that reason, I usually listen to podcasts when I take the dog on long walks over the weekend. But today I listened to Missanelli and Dykstra.

Also love the use of video:

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66 Responses

    1. he’s a piece of shit and will always be. The scumbag doesn’t fall far from it’s wrapper

    1. Considering Mike is almost 60 years old and is 8 years older, I’d say Lenny. Is Mikey Miss’ show now sponsored by “Just For Men”?!? LMFAO at that dyed goatee!

  1. That was great! These kind of interviews are why 97.5 is killing WIP in the ratings. I guarantee u if they got a local morning show they would put Angelo out of business.

      1. Missinielli routinely beats Gargano and Ellis by a wide margin. The only reason they aren’t winning mid day is because they have no local morning show leading into it. WIP midday is awful!

        1. Uh, yes it is Ray… IP routinely kills The Fanatic. Want proof, here ya go:

          WBEB-FM Adult Contemporary 8.8 8.3 8.6
          WOGL-FM Classic Hits 5.6 5.9 6.3
          KYW-AM All News 7.6 8.4 6.0
          WXTU-FM Country 5.0 4.9 5.7
          WMMR-FM Album Oriented Rock 5.8 5.8 5.5
          WMGK-FM Classic Rock 5.1 4.9 5.2
          WDAS-FM Urban Adult Contemporary 5.4 5.1 4.9
          WRFF-FM Alternative 4.2 4.3 3.9
          WIOQ-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 4.0 3.7 3.8
          WUSL-FM Urban Contemporary 4.0 3.8 3.7
          WIP-FM All Sports 4.9 3.8 3.6
          WISX-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 3.0 3.4 3.6
          WBEN-FM Adult Hits 3.3 3.7 3.5
          WRDW-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 3.0 3.5 3.4
          WRNB-FM Urban Oldies 2.8 3.1 3.2
          WHYY-FM News Talk Information 2.6 2.6 2.9
          WPHT-AM Talk/Personality 2.1 2.7 2.6
          WPPZ-FM Contemporary Inspirational 2.3 2.0 2.2
          WPEN-FM All Sports 3.0 2.2 2.1
          WPHI-FM Urban Contemporary 1.9 1.8 2.0
          WRTI-FM Classical 2.1 1.5 1.9
          WPST-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 1.6 1.7 1.5
          WXPN-FM Album Adult Alternative 1.2 1.3 1.2
          WKXW-FM Talk/Personality 1.1 0.9 0.8
          WIP-AM All Sports 0.2 0.3 0.3
          WBYO-FM Contemporary Christian 0.2 * 0.2
          WSJO-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 0.2 0.3 0.2
          WKMK-FM Country * * 0.1
          WPUR-FM Country * 0.1 0.1
          WFPG-FM Adult Contemporary * 0.1 *

          The internet is a marvelous thing.

      1. in the demographic that matters, yes. when angelo retires – and it’s coming soon – and they try to replace him with john kincade or some other AM hack there will be a reckoning. and it will be glorious.

    1. The state of Philadelphia sports talk radio:

      Cataldi v Mike & Mike: I listen to Preston & Steve, because Cataldi is a clown and M&M are worse. If 97.5 ever goes local from 6-10 with something listenable, Cataldi is done. If they wait til he retires, it will be no contest from the jump.

      Bruno & Mayes v Mike & Ike: Bruno is a dope, but M & I are wretched. Ike mumbles, and Barkaan YELLS. Mayes keeps 97.5 listenable, but I would rather sleep than listen to 94 from 10-1

      Jon & Sean just plain suck, so……

      Mike Miss v. Gragano and Ellis: I actually feel sorry for Ellis, because Gargano is such an unspeakable buffoon…..No wonder Macnow left. Miss goes off on tangents, but he is miles better than “Cuz”.

      1. And IP is still better than The Fanatic. You must only speak monosyllabicly, or have the diction of a 12-year-old if you feel the Fanatic is better.
        Brace is a poor mans Gargano, and that’s a damning assertion.

  2. Ok, you’ve chosen song lyrics. I will read you the lyrics and you name the song.

    In a world full of people
    You can lose sight of it all
    And the darkness there inside you
    Makes you feel so small

    Come on bro, this one’s easy. But Mike I’m a 27 year old Black man. That’s why you should know it. I’ll give you a hint, the song is about you. You got me stumped, Mike.
    Martinez you know this one, it’s easy. Sorry, I don’t know it either. Ohhhhh, it’s True Colors by Cyndi Lauper. I told you it was about you. Your a colored man, right. Martinez: Mike, don’t you think that’s a little inappropriate to say to a brother. Look Martinez I’m the champion of the black race, didn’t I say Riley Cooper should be gone. Martinez, play the clip from Goodfellas, Joe Pesci, Do you think I’m funny, The Utes have to be explained everything. I been taking crap lately about people saying the show has turned into a trivia contest. That’s what people want to hear. They drive the show.

    Martinez, I just planted those tomatoes. Going to be making some vegetable lasagna for Cinco De Mayo. You know it’s a Missanelli tradition to spend Cinco De Mayo down the shore with family. We still have those Phillies tickets to give away. Remember when you hear the sound of Bernie from Broomall passing gas if your the fifth caller to the contest line

    Sports radio has reached a new low between 2-6pm in the afternoons. What happened to guy that used to trash his producers doing remotes and called Dave Akers a pussy. I want that guy back on the radio again.

  3. um…steroid doctor in mississippi? no. he went to former mets clubhouse guy kirk radomski for his steroids. it’s well documented.

  4. I hate the new Lenny. I want that man to have a fat piece of chew in his mouth, a bag of cocaine in his pocket, and a “not giving one single fuck” attitude. I remember the good ole days…

    1. I just don’t understand that type of sweater. Why would a male want to dress like a middle aged suburban mother?

    2. Anybody who knows fashiom would know that’s a Nordstrom sweater. You’re prob not aware of that store, right?

      1. I don’t doubt that Mike Miss can afford nice threads – even Nordstrom(!) which you seem very impressed by. But this sweater makes him look like a soccer mom from Havertown.

  5. Why do I have a strong feeling that Mike Miss will spend the next week dissecting the comments made by the Clipper’s owner and reminding the brothas that he hates Reiley Cooper

  6. Being 2 people I don’t particularly like, this was a really solid segment. Dude is just one of those people you like to listen to; people interviewed on that HBO special a few years back said the same thing.

  7. Myrtetus has to be the biggest ass wipe ever to appear on Philadelphia radio. He spends the entire show under Missanelli’s desk and then he claims to be some hockey expert. Unfortunately, when he was asked a couple of weeks ago to name three Ottawa Senators all time he couldn’t name one. Furthermore, I saw this moron at the Flyers game last month. He is like 5 foot tall and is inked up. He is the modern day Bud Bundy.

  8. Half of the people who comment on this site need to get a life. I can already see them shirtless, eating slim jims in mommy’s basement talking crap on people who will be more successful than they could even conceive.

    Making anonymous barbs on the internet and then listening dutifully to the radio stations you scorch isn’t cool or even remotely creative. It’s pathetic and you should all try to do something productive with your time.

  9. HE SHOULD BE PUT BACK IN JAIL,FOR ALL THE GRIEF HE PUT HIS EX FAMILY THROW ,WE WILL TRY ARE HARD TO PUT HIM BACK IN GAIL

  10. Hey! This post couldn’t be written any better! Reading this post reminds me of my previous room mate!
    He always kept chatting about this. I will forward this write-up to him.
    Pretty sure he will have a good read. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Jillian you have really nice…freckles….and you should show them more. I would….like to see your freckles.

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