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So for those that are not aware, I am a die hard New York Mets fan. This is sort of like saying you had your future vested in Lehman and Bear three years ago and that every day you wake up to a new Credit Crunch like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day.

Today, both in the spirit of Christmas and as a cautionary tale I point to a hero of my youth.

Lenny Dykstra, better known as, Nails.

Even though I presume very few of you guys identify with Lenny, I would argue he has everything to do with the Wall Street of today.

You see, even though our analytical methods have changed. Even though we've gone from frat house to chess club. The air of invincibility and the aura of perfection which we happily bestow upon ourselves are still here with us.

Wall Street still hasn't learned it's lesson and someone who once stood atop New York and is now rotting in the sewers beneath it should make a great cautionary tale for a young chimp or thousand.

Though I can never truly dignify a man who spouts wisdom like:

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It is very simple and it is called, predatory lending, meaning, look, I don’t want to get into this ‘new world order’ stuff. I am a normal guy, meaning I don’t believe in ghosts. I am not afraid of the dark, a basic guy alright, meaning never in my life did I think there was such corporate crime. JP Morgan, those guys are criminals.

There are a few valid points worth extrapolating from Dykstra's words and more so...from his actions.

The (Inadvertent) Tao of Len

1) There is a lot of dirty laundry getting filtered through JPM and I don't think you need a reminder from your Uncle Eddie and myself how to turn a buck, while doing some good in the process.

2) Lenny is a great cautionary tale. Specifically for many of you young chimps. Why? Because Lenny was once a lot like you a scrapper and a workhorse. Outworking the competition...

Just like you studied the extra hours to bump the GPA up, he took extra batting practice.

Just like you missed out on a party or two to build that resume, he ate dirt and dove for balls other players would happily "ole" .

Short talent, long ambition. That was Lenny Dykstra. He didn't have the wheels, he didn't have the guns...but the boy had stones and he had heart. The problem is that he lost perspective on his way to the top. He could have been a great lead off man for a long, long time. Instead, he juiced up and became a slugger for a season or two and ended his career way too soon...

which leads us to...

3) Somewhere in a cubicle, somewhere on the street, a young monkey dreams of a shortcut to greatness. Towards the wealth and fame which he feels he deserves, because he wasn't born with the talent, but has ambition to spare.

We make a choice every day about the sort of people we are going to be.

Things don't just happen to us.

Lenny Dykstra chose the wrong path and even though he lived the high life for a long time, he is learning the hard way how long of a season The Fall really can be.

Think long and hard about the choices you make guys.

You will have your chance to be Nails ...the nail in your own coffin.

Do right and think about the things that truly matter this holiday season.

Comments (10)

  • happypantsmcgee's picture

    One of the great blue collar guys of all time. Pete Rose 2.0 (or maybe 0.5).

    If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses - Henry Ford

  • happypantsmcgee's picture

    HAHA I love that. "I was hired as an escort for 1,000 dollars but no sexual act occurred. I was just hired to have drinks with him and be a companion" Who the hell hires someone to sit and have drinks with them for a grand? He wrote you a bad check because you are the worst hooker ever.

    If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses - Henry Ford

  • Edmundo Braverman's picture

    There's just something sublime about what a supernova of FAIL Dykstra became. My favorite story about him from The Zeroes was how he wasn't willing to give up his private jet, even after he couldn't afford to fuel it up. He actually called his mom from the tarmac and charged $30,000 worth of jet fuel to her credit card so he wouldn't have to fly commercial.

    Class act, that Nails.

  • adapt or die's picture

    Lenny has turned into such an ass in recent years, but he is my favorite baseball player of all-time (I was about 11 when he led the Phillies to world series in '93) The guy could do it all on the field and played harder than anyone hence the nickname Nails. He hit 4 HRs in 6 games vs Toronto in that World Series, so clutch.

  • APAE's picture

    Are you from Philly too?

    Most people do things to add days to their life. I do things to add life to my days.

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