Friday, February 24, 2012

Ex-Met Lenny Dykstra granted permission to attend Gary Carter's funeral

Former New York Mets star Lenny Dykstra will be permitted to attend the funeral of teammate Gary Carter after he "begged" a judge to let him go.

The disgraced and broke Dykstra, who is under house arrest in Los Angeles on allegations of bankruptcy fraud and embezzlement, filed papers with a judge earlier this week in an attempt to attend Carter's funeral, according to

The judge allowed Dykstra's request to cross state lines to attend the memorial service in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. at 7 p.m. on Friday night.

Carter died last Thursday after a long battle with brain cancer.  He was 57.

Nicknamed "Nails" because of his tough style of play, Dykstra played alongside Carter on the Mets from 1985-89.  The were integral parts of the Mets during that charismatic team's miraculous '86 World Championship title run.

 It was Carter's two-out single in the 10th inning of Game 6 of the World Series against the Boston Red Sox that ignited a rally and forced a Game 7.

Dykstra is out on bail for charges he sold or destroyed items under jurisdiction of bankruptcy court.

In addition to Dykstra, some of Carter's former Mets teammates expected to attend the funeral are: Keith Hernandez, Wally Backman, Howard Johnson, Roger McDowell, Darryl Strawberry, Sid Fernandez and Bob Ojeda.

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