Opening Day at Citi Field is being overshadowed by Ron Darling and the abrasive stories about his time with the New York Mets.
The New York Mets are getting ready for their home opener at Citi Field on Thursday afternoon. Unfortunately, the event is overshadowed by the recent actions of former player and current team broadcaster, Ron Darling.
His book, 108 Stitches, has stirred up plenty of controversy among his former teammates. Lenny Dykstra has even threatened legal action against Darling.
Darling tweeted out a statement on Thursday morning which stated the focus of the day should be on the Mets home opener. He went on to say that he stands by all recollections written. Due to a legal threat, he was advised not to make any further comments.
— Ron Darling Jr (@RonDarlingJr) April 4, 2019
Mets beat writer Anthony DiComo tweeted later in the morning that the legal threat was made by Darling’s former teammate Lenny Dykstra.
In a statement, Ron Darling says he "stands by all recollections that were written" in his new autobiography. Former teammates have accused him of falsifying stories, including Lenny Dykstra, who has threatened legal action. Darling says he will not comment further.
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) April 4, 2019
Darling’s book has caused quite the controversy over the past few days. He has accused players of hurling racial slurs, accused former Mets great broadcaster Bob Murphy of drinking, and has offended the likes of Darryl Strawberry and Dwight Gooden.
The timing of the release of his book is quite surprising. Releasing such a hot topic memoir with the start of the baseball season was bound to stir the pot on what was an already hot topic concerning the star players of that time and the on and off-the-field antics.
The New York Mets host the Washington Nationals for a three-game series. The next two games are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday afternoon.