The rise and fall of Lenny Dykstra

The New York Mets' Lenny Dykstra thrusts a

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The New York Mets' Lenny Dykstra thrusts a fist in the air as he rounds the bases after his game-winning two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 3 of the NLCS against the Houston Astros on Oct. 11, 1986. (Credit: AP / G. Paul Burnett)

The members of the 1986 world champion Mets walked somberly through the doors of the Christ Fellowship Church in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., one sunny day last February. Darryl Strawberry, Mookie Wilson, Howard Johnson and Wally Backman, names engraved in Mets lore, were there for the funeral of Gary Carter, the team's Hall of Fame catcher, who had died at age 57 of brain cancer.

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