Former Phillies star Lenny Dykstra to box “Bagel Boss” Chris Morgan
The wacky story of Lenny Dykstra’s post-baseball career continues as the former Phillies star will box the “Bagel Boss” Chris Morgan.
Well, in all my time writing about the Phillies, this will probably be the weirdest story I will ever write. Here goes nothing.
Since retiring from baseball, Lenny Dykstra has bounced from one controversy to another. He was indicted for bankruptcy fraud in 2011 and pled guilty to that as well as grand theft auto later that year. He was sentenced to three years in jail. Last year, he was arrested for allegedly holding a gun to the head of an Uber driver. These are just the tip of the iceberg for him; there’s a whole Wikipedia section about his indicidents.
Dykstra’s name is in the news yet again, albeit not for committing a crime this time (hurray for small miracles!) TMZ reported Monday that Dykstra signed a deal to box the “Bagel Boss,” Chris Morgan, in Atlantic City on Sept. 7. On top of that, former “Jackass” star Bam Magera will referee the fight. Something tells me people won’t be watching the match for the love of the sport.
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While you probably know Dykstra by now, you may not know who Morgan is. Let me give a little backstory.
Last month, a video was released online of Morgan in a bagel store on Long Island (hence the name) yelling at employees and other customers before ultimately getting tackled and in a fight. He was upset about the women in the shop looking at him a certain way, making him think they were internally making fun of him for his short height and triggering his apparently short temper.
Morgan has parlayed this overnight fame into various media appearances, dubbing his new moniker, the “Bagel Boss.”
Morgan signed a deal with fighting promoter Damon Feldman shortly after the video’s release, and has since trained with UFC fighters Chris Weidman and Al Iaquinta.
Dykstra will have a significant height advantage over Morgan as Dykstra is listed at 5’10” on Baseball-Reference while Morgan is barely five feet tall. Neither is a spring chicken as Morgan is 45 years old while Dykstra is 56.
The Phillies will be playing the Mets the night of the reported fight, but considering how poorly the last few months have been, this fight may be more entertaining.