NEW YORK (FOX 5 NY) - It's been three years that NY Mets World Series Champion Lenny Dykstra has been sober and out of prison.
But the effects of years of substance abuse remain. He struggled at times with his words during an interview on FOX 5 NY morning program, 'Good Day New York.'
The baseball legend appeared on the show to discuss his new memoir, "House of Nails: A Memoir of Life on the Edge.'
Dykstra talks about the highs and lows including giving it all he had on the field and bringing himself to the brink of death.
"It’s all about telling the truth," said Dykstra. "It’s about telling people a story and bringing them inside my world that has so many ups and downs; peaks and valleys and sometimes I think wow.. it really is unbelievable," said Dykstra.
During his heyday, the notorious party animal was admittedly abusing steroids.
"When I played for the Mets I was not messed up. I was a kid. I started steroids in 1990," said Dykstra.
While he is open and honest in the memoir, there are things the one-time lady's man intentionally omitted.
"I left out the Swedish swim team models on the cover of Sports Illustrated," said Dykstra.
The divorced grandfather says he is proud of the book.
"When I played baseball I left it all on the field. With this book, I couldn’t have done it better. There was blood on the keyboard every night," said Dykstra.