The 1986 Mets were a team that won’t soon be forgotten.
Over 30 years later, the Mets still haven’t won another World Series. The 2019 season arrives with newfound hope for a New York roster that has been re-upholstered during the offseason, but they’ll have to achieve something incredible to come close to matching what the ’86 Mets did.
On Monday, Ron Darling, a member of that 1986 championship team, joined Mike Francesa to talk about his new book “108 Stitches: Loose Threads, Ripping Yarns, and the Darndest Characters from My Time in the Game.”
Darling spoke about an incident during Game 3 of that series when Lenny Dykstra allegedly yelled racial slurs in the direction of Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd.
“In those days, and if you read the whole paragraph, Lenny had a way about him," Darling said. "He was a little crazy … The world has changed. What was said 33 years ago in a fraternity of young men trying to play a sport, as you look back on it when you’re 57 or 58 years old, you’re kind of ashamed of the complicity of yourself to these kind of things … in those days people tried to rile each other in a lot of different ways, you hoped it didn’t happen that way.”
According to Darling’s new book, Dykstra yelled “every imaginable and unimaginable insult and expletive in (Oil Can’s) direction — foul, racist, hateful, hurtful stuff.”
Darling and Francesa spoke about a wide-range of subjects, including the present-day Mets.
Listen above to the full interview with Ron Darling.