Contest: Shea Stadium DVD

essential games of sheaI thought that all Mets fans could use some positive feelings about the team this week. You sure aren’t going that by watching the 2009 version of the team. To make you feel a little better about this franchise, I’m giving away a copy of the six DVD set The New York Mets Essential Games of Shea Stadium. It’s a $53.99 value at Amazon.

You’ll see the emotional first sporting event in New York after 9/11 against the Braves on Sept. 21, 2001, the Lenny Dykstra walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth against the Astros in the 1986 NLCS, and more. In all, there are six great Mets games that’ll make you feel good about this team. Even if it’s just until you watch the next live game.

The contest is for the best comment of the week (ending Wednesday Aug. 12, 2009). That’s when the current road trip wraps up in Arizona. The rules are:

  • You are NOT eligible to win if you’ve already won a prize from since Jan. 1, 2009
  • Your shipping address must be in the continental United States
  • Your comment must appear on, not any other website (like Facebook or Twitter)
  • I’ll judge the entries and determine one winner of the contest
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Former Met Dykstra Files For Bankruptcy

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According to ESPN, Lenny Dykstra filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. His filing listed no more than $50,000 in assets and between $10 and $50 million in liabilities. He’s also facing approximately 20 lawsuits regarding his activities as a financial entrepreneur and his magazine, The Players Club.

Dykstra retired in 1996 after winning the World Series with the Mets in 1986 and losing the World Series with the Phillies in 1993. He’s the first player that I can remember seeing get huge in one offseason and thinking that it couldn’t be natural. He was named in the Mitchell Report based on information from Kirk Radomski that Dykstra used performance enhancing drugs during his career.

I’ve seen television interviews with Nails recently regarding his various business ventures. It was sad to see him coming across like he was selling snake oil. While I was watching, I was thinking that it would hard to imagine anyone trusting him with any amount of money.

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Forbes On Nails Dykstra

Lenny Dykstra is the subject of a scathing column in this month entitled “Piggyback”. I won’t get into the legal mumbo jumbo but it basically says that Nails has a shadow stock picker working behind the scenes to make him appear successful.

The column describes in gory detail Nails’ failed deal to work with Doubledown Media, LLC and the lawsuits and counter suits that have ensued.

I don’t typically scour but did take notice of the post on Deadspin.