A rabbi and Lenny Dykstra stroll into an East Aspect wine store . . .
Actually, it occurs practically each Wednesday afternoon, because the bad-boy former Met attends Torah research within the basement of Ambassador Wines store, the place Rabbi Shmuel Metzger leads a bunch over pink wine and kosher pizza.
“I’m on a non secular journey,” Dykstra, 55, who was raised Christian in Southern California, informed The Publish. “I’m looking for if God exists. I need to cope with people who find themselves smarter than me.”
It’s the most recent curveball from the retired slugger, whose post-playing profession has been a curler coaster of high-flying wealth, felony scandal, chapter and a 2016 memoir by which he dished on steroid use and sharing cocaine with Robert De Niro (claims the actor known as “bulls–t”).
However, oy vey, this new flip could be the least predictable but.
A couple of weeks in the past, Dykstra invited The Publish to tag alongside to Metzger’s dialogue on Joseph — the slave who turned a pacesetter — from the E book of Genesis. It’s a narrative of conquer circumstance to which the retired athlete can relate. Principally, he identified, as a result of Joseph was in jail.
In 2013, Dykstra served simply over six months of a three-year sentence for grand theft auto and fraud. (Whereas incarcerated, he claims, he was overwhelmed by guards who knocked out his enamel. “My first meal was a steak, medium uncommon,” he mentioned of his new choppers, which he obtained in November.)
All through the category, he scribbled notes — musings on the dimensions of Joseph’s manhood in addition to how he wasn’t hindered by defeat. Dykstra additionally wrote down a quote from the ebook “MoneyBall,” by which fellow former Met Billy Beane mentioned that Dykstra “had no idea of failure.”
However after one of many research’s six attendees completed a soliloquy on Joseph’s isolation, Dykstra regarded up from his paper.
“You misplaced me, woman.”
Nonetheless, nobody balked. Not even when he prompt Joseph possible pleasured himself lots in jail.
“We take pleasure in his firm and he’s an awesome man. A variety of enjoyable. We are able to deal with his [unsavory] language,” mentioned Metzger of Dykstra, who has no plans to transform to Judaism.
Adam Taxin — a three-time “Jeopardy” champ and Philadelphia-based lawyer who helps ghost-write Dykstra’s Twitter account — mentioned the ex-Met’s classroom enter is refreshing: “Most individuals are on their finest habits across the rabbi. Lenny comes at it from a really uncooked angle.”
Actually, it was the rabbi who first reached out to Dykstra after seeing a video he had posted on Twitter, explaining the story of Adam and Eve.
“I mentioned, ‘This man will get it,’ ” recalled Metzger.
The 42-year-old rabbi was a child in Brooklyn when Dykstra and his fellow Amazin’s received the 1986 World Sequence. “Even on Shabbat, once we weren’t presupposed to hear, the police officer would clue us in on the rating,” Metzger recalled. “We at all times knew what was occurring.”
Now, after class, he and the previous big-leaguer typically head to the Chabad at Beekman Sutton synagogue and speak baseball, and Dykstra has been to Shabbat dinner at Metzger’s Sutton Place dwelling with the rabbi’s spouse and 6 youngsters.
Generally, the chats with Dykstra, who takes the prepare in from Linden, NJ, can flip severe — akin to when he questioned Metzger concerning the destiny of late teammate Gary Carter, who died of mind most cancers in 2012.
“He [was] the man you need your youngsters to develop as much as be like. Nice husband, nice father, by no means drank, by no means did medication. He died first [of the ’86 Mets team]. What sort of God is that?” he requested.
Dykstra, divorced since 2009 and with three grown sons, has lots on his thoughts and lots on his plate. In June he was busted for alleged cocaine and meth possession and for making terroristic threats by menacing an Uber driver, the driving force mentioned. Dykstra mentioned he was the sufferer and that the driving force kidnapped him. He’s assured the costs shall be tossed.
“It’s a joke. They misled the grand jury,” he mentioned of prosecutors. “It will likely be resolved shortly.”
Dykstra informed The Publish of two enterprise plans he’s engaged on: a betting service the place retired gamers are the handicappers, and a secret thought for the ride-share business that, he mentioned, would give extra energy to drivers.
“I need to be the man who’s going to sue [Uber] for $100 million or make them $100 million,” he mentioned.
After wrapping up his weekly biblical studies, Dykstra recorded a video for Twitter by which he will get a few of the biblical names mistaken, however he corrected himself within the caption. (“Whatvr! . . . I managed to maintain it PG!”) It has since notched greater than 20,000 views.
“If he’s severe, I need to assist him on this planet,” mentioned Metzger. “There’s a cause why everybody likes him. It’s good, kosher enjoyable.”