Sunday, March 18, 2007

Brawls: Lenny Dykstra v. Rick Dempsey

I've found several Phillies from recent years and I'll be posting them in due time. They'll be labeled under Brawls.

I just had to post this... I found the pic with the intentions of simply leaving it as is... but in trying to find out who Dykstra is man handling, I also found the story that goes with it...



Information below courtesy of Dodger Blues where they have a list of the Greatest Dodger's brawls of all time. What a great idea.

Here's the scoop...

August 20, 1990
With runners at first and third, home plate umpire Ron Barnes called Philadelphia outfielder Lenny Dykstra out on strikes in the fifth inning. As Dykstra, who was leading the league in hitting at the time, approached the plate with two outs in the seventh, he started complaining to Barnes. He then turned to Dodgers catcher Rick Dempsey, accusing him of brown-nosing the umpire. As Dempsey stood up and took off his mask, Dykstra dropped his bat and stepped forward. The 40-year-old Dempsey immediately popped him in the face with his glove and followed with a quick right. The two tangled and fell to the ground and the benches cleared.
Seconds later, Dempsey was on the bottom of a huge pile. "Somebody grabbed my face when we rolled on the ground," said Dempsey, who ended up with a large welt on the side of his face. "After I saw the replay, I saw it was Dykstra. He grabbed me by the side of the face and squeezed every pimple I had."

"What's he mad about?" Dempsey continued. "He made an out. I make four of them a game. If I was hitting .340 I'd be kissing every player on the opposing team."


PS - Dykstra has also been known to grab girls at his carwash. But we know this isn't true, nor is the rumor that he bet on baseball, or the fact that he crashed a car after Kruk's bachelor party ending Daulton's season, or that he took steroids.

Would the guy pictured above do all that?

7 comments:

McD said...

What a classic picture. Nails was a total dirtbag...and I loved every minute of it.

klkatz said...

I think I'm going to continuously find phillies' brawl pics and post them...

Skeeter said...

HAHA. This was a brilliant post. Great story. It is to bad Dykstra was also a hated Met.

And please do post more Phillies brawls. I'm hoping for a lot this season.

Anonymous said...

Goodness gracious what a biased and misleading article by an obvious Democrat and Dykstra detractor. If only you guys could see a video of this amazing fight. I don't know what was said between Dempsey & Dykstra but I do know that Dempsey threw the first punch and then Lenny body slammed Dempsey with one of the quickest moves and coolest ass kickings I've ever had the pleasure of witnessing. Lenny made Dempsey his bitch, big time.

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