Keith Hernandez remembers Lenny Dykstra chirping at Oil Can Boyd, just not the specifics that Ron Darling describes in his new book.
Hernandez, the first baseman on that 1986 Mets World Series team, said he didn’t hear whether Dykstra directed racial epithets at the Red Sox pitcher before homering to open Game 3 — as Darling, his SNY broadcast partner, alleges in his book, “108 Stitches: Loose Threads, Ripping Yarns, and the Darndest Characters from My Time in the Game.”
“We were down two games. Game 3 in Boston and we were all ready to go. I do recall Lenny up there in the on-deck circle barking, but I was getting prepared and I didn’t hear a thing,” Hernandez told The Post’s Mike Puma before the Mets’ game Tuesday in Miami.
Darling wrote in his book that Dykstra yelled at Boyd from the on-deck circle “every imaginable and unimaginable insult and expletive in his direction — foul, racist, hateful, hurtful stuff,” which he also described as “worse than anything Jackie Robinson might have heard.”
Dykstra has vehemently denied Darling’s assertions, and Mets teammates Darryl Strawberry, Doc Gooden and Kevin Mitchell have backed up the troubled former outfielder in radio interviews over the past two days.