Former New York Mets pitcher Ron Darling is not backing down from his claims that then-teammate Lenny Dykstra shouted racial slurs at Boston Red Sox pitcher Dennis Boyd during Game 3 of the 1986 World Series.
"I heard what I heard and I put it in the book for a reason," Darling said on ESPN Radio on Tuesday.
In his new book, 108 Stitches: Loose Threads, Ripping Yarns, and the Darndest Characters from My Time in the Game, Darling wrote that Dykstra was "shouting every imaginable and unimaginable insult and expletive in his [Boyd's] direction—foul, racist, hateful, hurtful stuff" prior to his first at-bat, which led off the game. He added that it was "worse than anything Jackie Robinson might have heard."
Dykstra would go on to homer in the at-bat, sparking a four-run first inning. Boyd allowed six runs on nine hits in seven innings in a 7-1 loss.
The Game 3 victory helped New York rally from an 0-2 hole en route to winning the series in seven games.
Dykstra has denied the allegations leveled against him on multiple occasions, noting he plans to take legal action against his ex-teammate.
"None of this is true and I can prove it. For one thing, during a World Series game, you're supposed to be focused, not (acting out) like he's suggesting," Dykstra recently told Anthony G. Attrino of NJ Advance Media. "I'm planning to sue (Darling) for defamation," Dykstra said. "This is big stuff. You don't accuse someone of this if it's not true. And it isn't."
Dykstra later went on The Michael Kay Show to further defend himself.
"I'm going to sue him and the publisher," Dykstra said in the interview. "I wrote a book myself. I had 30 lawyers calling me fact-checking everything. There is not one person to back this up, because you know why, it's not true. It's all a lie."
Darling revealed on Golic and Wingo that members of the 1986 Mets team have texted him and made it clear that "they have [his] back." Former New York players Dwight Gooden and Kevin Mitchell, though, said on Kay's show that they never heard Dykstra make racial slurs in Boyd's direction.