May 10, 2016
On Tuesday, former Phillies centerfielder Lenny Dykstra joined Twitter. And if you know anything about him -- beyond the fact that he hit .289 in eight seasons in Philly -- then it should come as no surprise that his first tweet contains language my editor won't allow on this site.
It read: "Oh so this is Twitter? I can say whatever the f*** I want right?"
That, of course, was edited to appease the censors. And technically, Dude is right. He can say whatever he wants, but that doesn't mean people will like it. Just ask Dykstra's former teammate, Curt Schilling, who was recently fired for things he posted on Facebook.
In the three-plus hours since his first tweet, Dykstra, who spent the first five years of his big-league career with the Mets, has picked up just under 9,000 followers. But aside from calling everyone "bro," @LennyDykstra has been pretty vanilla so far, especially since that first tweet seemed so promising.
Maybe he's still testing the waters.
Sorry to say but the rumors were false. I was not secretly working as an extra on Orange is the New Black.— Lenny Dykstra (@LennyDykstra) May 10, 2016
Presumably, Dude joined Twitter to promote a new book he has coming out on July 12, titled House of Nails: A Memoir of Life on the Edge. And it got an endorsement from ... Stephen King?
If you want to order the book, which will be published by HarperCollins, you can pre-order it from Amazon, here.
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