Dykstra forecasts bright futures
Former Met has high hopes for son in the big leagues
Lenny Dykstra is so busy these days that he hardly has any time to sit back in the sofa, turn on the television and chill out.
He might be flying on his private jet or working on one of his three laptops or hosting an extravagant party at his Southern California mansion.
But the former Major League star, known for his all-out style of play, contributions to the World Series champion New York Mets in 1986 and colorful nickname "Nails" will be stuck to the couch Thursday, waiting for the name of his son, Cutter, to be called during baseball's First-Year Player Draft.
"I'm really proud, more than anything, because Cutter works harder than anybody else out there," Dykstra said of his son, a high school shortstop in Westlake Village, Calif., who is slated to be selected in the supplemental or second round and probably will end up playing center field in the Minor Leagues.
"It's a bold statement, but I've watched him do it. I watched him do it because he wanted to do it. I told him to be an actor or to be a golfer. I said, 'Don't play baseball.' Travel around to nice country clubs. But Cutter came to the game on his own, and I was all for it."
The father has also been more than impressed by hia son's skills in the game.
"He's played really well and I wouldn't be surprised if the Mets take him," Dykstra said, before adding quickly, "If they feel like winning."
If Cutter's anything like his dad, that shouldn't be a problem.
After Dykstra's relentless, reckless playing career ended in 1996 at the age of 33, he decided to turn his baseball wealth into something sustainable and with potential for growth while continuing to work hard to improve.
He purchased land, turned it into three car washes and sold them for approximately $50 million.
After a broker squandered away hundreds of thousands of dollars of his hard-earned money, Dykstra taught himself to manage his own funds and learned how to trade stocks. CNBC stock guru Jim Cramer now refers to him as one of three men he listens to when he calls about a company tip.
Dykstra also writes for TheStreet.com, has his own report on stocks and trading called The Dykstra Report, and in April launched his newest venture, The Players Club.
The target of The Players Club is over 25,000 current athletes across 10 sports to prepare them for life when they retire. It deals with business and life after sports, and has a goal of guaranteeing players cash flow and luxury benefits when they retire.
"It's not about money," Dykstra says. "It's all about the players. It's for the players and that's why it works. We won't and don't touch money. We don't give advice. We build bridges and take players across to the best person for that particular job.
"The main core of The Players Club is guaranteed return of cash flow, which is an annuity. The bottom line is that a player has to realize, and they don't realize it a lot of the time, that they need a plan.
"They need understanding on how much is enough and how to learn to live with less. Living a nice life and having money are not mutually exclusive. You can do both, and that's what The Players Club is about."
To that end, Dykstra has launched a high-profile magazine that featured basketball star Chris Paul and will feature race car driver Danica Patrick, and he's invested significantly in a state-of-the-art Web site that's still in development.
"The fact that The Players Club is going to be a reason and part of a child having a father and a mother growing up, that means something," Dykstra says. "The Players Club is changing lives and it's only getting stronger."
And Dykstra's relationship with his son, Cutter, will continue to get stronger through baseball.
"It's so gratifying because it was important to me that Cutter understood that he only had to play baseball if he loved or wanted it," Dykstra says. "He didn't have to do it for me. Just being my son and living right, treating people with respect, going about his business day in and day out and accomplishing something, that's all I wanted for him.
"And I'm very lucky. I'm very lucky."