Dykstra and Williams Enjoying "Retirement"

Two former Phillies have made the most of their post-baseball lives. Lenny Dykstra and Mitch Williams have each found their own path to retirement happiness.

Lenny Dykstra was always a fireplug when he roamed center field for the Phillies. Now, in his post-baseball career, Dykstra is making big bucks - likely even more money than he made as a player - as an entrepreneur. Unfortunately for Dykstra, he's in the spotlight not for his business success, but for legal issues. And now, those legal issues have led to some Dykstra-like comments that focused the spotlight even harder on Dykstra.

The legal issue stems from an outstanding bill that Dykstra said was "insane". The lawsuit was brought by DDK and Company who said that Dykstra owed them $139,000 for doing a tax return. The suit was scheduled for Manhattan Federal Court and Dykstra had said he was looking forward to the opportunity to fight the claims. It turned out that the two sides settled just before the arguments were set to begin, ushering Dykstra into his opportunity for what is sure to become a famous quote.

When announcing that a settlement - the details of which were kept secret - had been reached, Dykstra refused to comment on the terms, but said only "DDK folded like Mitch Williams in the ninth."

Poor Mitch Williams. The guy will never live down that one pitch to Joe Carter in the 1993 World Series. To his credit though, Williams has stayed in Philadelphia, serving as a commentator on the Phillies pre-game radio shows and hosting his own show on Philadelphia's WIP radio. He also markets his own brand of salsa.

Actually, the two players have taken somewhat similar paths in their days after their playing careers. Both have had success as entrepreneurs, but Dykstra chose to head to California to pursue his post-baseball career, while Williams has stayed close to his playing career home. Dykstra's entrepreneurial pursuits have been focused on more high-end pursuits, including a new plan to launch a line of Rolls Royce branded private airplanes that would sell for $60 million each. Williams pursuits have kept him closer to the fan base and he spends much of his time talking to fans about his career and answering questions about that infamous pitch to Joe Carter.

It's funny that during their playing days, Dykstra was much more the fan favorite than was Williams. Since they've retired though, Williams has actually turned his agonizing moment with the Phillies into somewhat of a badge of honor. He's never hid away from answering questions about the World Series or anything else that fans have wanted to throw at him. That type of bravado is something that Phillies fans respect and Williams has found his way into the hearts of fans.

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