In light of all that happened to his dad over the last few months, Cutter Dykstra would have every reason not to want to associate himself with Lenny Dykstra. But that’s not the case.
Lenny Dykstra, the former MLB All-Star and Sherwood Country Club resident jailed last week on federal embezzlement charges, was released on $150,000 bond and ordered to outpatient substance abuse treatment and surrender his passport. He could face up to five years in prison if convicted.
Cutter Dykstra, the former Westlake High standout now playing for single-A Potomac in the Carolina League, told Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer (linked here) that he doesn’t read any of the negative stories that have come out about his father’s collapsed business dealings.
“That’s stupid,” he said. “I don’t even waste my time reading that stuff. It doesn’t really matter to me. I know who he is and I know what he’s about. He’s my dad and I love him.”
Cutter, drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers with the 54th pick in 2008 and traded to the Washington Nationals for outfielder Nyjer Morgan and $50,000 cash before this season, concedes his dad does do things out of the ordinary.
“He is (crazy),” the 21-year-old Cutter said. “He’s wild. That’s the kind of dude he is. He’s a different guy, but you know I love him, and if he wasn’t like that he wouldn’t be as successful as he was. He gave everything to baseball and gave everything he had. Everyone knew he was a little bit crazy.”
Cutter Dykstra has bounced from center field to third base and second since being drafted. This season, he has been a DH hitter with Potomac. Heading into last weekend’s games, he was batting .273 with no extra-base hits, four RBIs, and two stolen bases.
A year ago with Milwaukee’s Midwest League Wisconsin affiliate, Dykstra hit .312 with a 416 on-base percentage and 27 stolen bases.
“I love having Dykstra on the back of my jersey. People say, ‘That’s Lenny Dykstra’s son,’ and when I’m out there on the field I want people saying, ‘Wow, he plays the game just like his dad does.’ That’s the right way.
“From the early stages my dad said, ‘Put on a show. This is the entertainment business.’ That’s what I try to do. I try to entertain the fans.”