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Ron Darling: Lenny Dykstra made racist taunts to Red Sox in '86 World Series

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Ron Darling: Lenny Dykstra made racist taunts to Red Sox in '86 World Series

Ron Darling has a story to tell about the 1986 World Series, and neither Boston Red Sox fans nor New York Mets fans will like it.

The former Mets pitcher recently published a new book titled, "108 Stitches: Loose Threads, Ripping Yarns, and the Darndest Characters from My Time in the Game," that includes an ugly anecdote about teammate Lenny Dykstra's actions during Game 3 of the '86 World Series between the Red Sox and Mets in Boston.

After taking the first two games of the series, the Red Sox started Dennis "Oil Can" Boyd in Game 3, and Dykstra led off in the top of the first inning. According to Darling, as Boyd was finishing his warmups, Dykstra yelled "ugliest piece of vitriol I’ve ever heard" in the pitcher's direction.

"Lenny was in the on-deck circle shouting every imaginable and unimaginable insult and expletive in his direction — foul, racist, hateful, hurtful stuff," Darling writes in an excerpt published Saturday in the New York Post. "I don’t want to be too specific here ... but I will say that it was the worst collection of taunts and insults I’d ever heard — worse, I’m betting, than anything Jackie Robinson might have heard, his first couple times around the league."

But as Darling observed, Dykstra's horrible insults also worked on Boyd, who looked "rattled" and allowed a leadoff home run to Dykstra en route to a 7-1 Boston loss that allowed the Mets back into the series.

"Unprintable, unmentionable, unforgettable," Darling wrote of Dykstra's trash talk to Boyd. "And, like I said, he was landing his punches: First at-bat of the game, Lenny smoked a 1–1 pitch deep down the right-field line for a home run, igniting a four-run rally and setting us up to take back some of the momentum we’d lost in the opening games at Shea (Stadium)."

Red Sox fans don't need a reminder of how the series ended.

Dysktra was widely known as one of the game's true villains -- in Darling's words, "he treated people like s--t" -- so this appalling behavior unfortunately isn't surprising. (Dykstra has had numerous legal issues in his post-playing days and pleaded guilty two weeks ago to disorderly conduct.)

Darling expressed remorse that no one held Dykstra accountable for his behavior at the time but hopes such an ugly incident wouldn't be allowed in today's game.

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MLB Rumors: Red Sox among teams to evaluate Blue Jays reliever Daniel Hudson

MLB Rumors: Red Sox among teams to evaluate Blue Jays reliever Daniel Hudson

As the July 31 trade deadline quickly approaches, the Red Sox will need to bolster their bullpen and starting rotation if they want to make another run at back-to-back World Series championships. 

They already have reported interest in starters like Madison Bumgarner and Marcus Stroman, and now they seem to have eyes on some much-needed bullpen help. 

According to Jon Morosi, the Red Sox are among teams evaluated Blue Jays reliever Daniel Hudson as several clubs have shown interest in trading for the 32-year-old right-hander. 

Hudson has appeared in 40 games this season for Toronto, posting a 2.72 ERA and 42 strikeouts over 43 innings. Morosi notes that over his last 16 outings, Hudson has been excellent, sporting a 0.93 ERA. 

The Red Sox are expected to be buyers at the trade deadline, with their biggest needs on the mound. If they expect to make any sort of run in the postseason or get into the playoffs for that matter, they will need to acquire pitchers. Hudson could go a long way in stabilizing what has been a disastrous group of relievers this season. 

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Highlights of Red Sox' 5-0 loss to Orioles

Highlights of Red Sox' 5-0 loss to Orioles

FINAL SCORE: Orioles 5, Red Sox 0

IN BRIEF: Journeyman right-hander Asher Wojciechowski no-hit the Red Sox for six innings for his first win since 2017 as the lowly Orioles held the Sox to one hit in a 5-0 victory in 100-degree heat in Baltimore to take two out of three from Boston. BOX SCORE
 

RED SOX RECORD: 54-46

HIGHLIGHTS

1st inning:
Mancini homers to center on a 0-0 pitch from Cashner (1-0, BAL).

2nd inning:
Smith Jr. walked, moved to second on Severino's groundout, Davis doubled to left, scoring Smith Jr. (4-0, BAL).

3rd inning:
Villar hits an infield single to second, Mancini hits a two-run homer to left on a 3-1 pitch from Cashner (4-0, BAL).

5th inning:
WOJCIECHOWSKI 9TH STRIKEOUT, KEEPS NO-HITTER ALIVE:

9th inning:
(Hembree replaces Walden on the mound) Villar homers to center on a 1-0 pitch (5-0, BAL).

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