Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Morning Briefing Eye Openers

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Morning Briefing Eye Openers

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Only a couple of years ago LENNY DYKSTRA was drinking and driving into trees and winding up on baseball probation for gambling. Now look at him. He's baseball's ambassador to Europe.

Dykstra, the Philadelphia Phillies' World Series star, is on a five-day trip to Dusseldorf, Germany; Paris and Amsterdam, making appearances, conducting clinics and signing autographs.

"The reason major-league baseball chose me is obviously because of what happened in the World Series and it's still so fresh," Dykstra told the New York Times. "Plus, I have a little personality. And things have changed for me. I've changed personally."

Dykstra's metamorphosis began after FAY VINCENT, then the commissioner, placed him on probation in March 1991 for his involvement in poker games in Mississippi.

"That's when it all started," Dykstra said. "To me, he always was a good man. Me and him became friends through that whole deal. He was out to help me. He wasn't out to hurt me."

Reflecting on the change in his image, Dykstra said: "It's the way life works. It has its ways of working things out if you can figure out what you need to do to be a better person and learn from your mistakes. The public will forgive things that normal, common folks do wrong. People don't bring up my past anymore. They talk about Lenny Dykstra, superstar, who played in the World Series for the Philadelphia Phillies."

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London's Daily Mirror is at it again.

After offering members of the Polish soccer team $15,000 to beat the Netherlands in an attempt - a vain one, it turned out - to keep alive England's hopes in the World Cup, the tabloid has turned its attention to British coach GRAHAM TAYLOR.

Poland's players didn't get their incentive pay and Taylor is out of World Cup business, eight months before his contract runs out. He insisted Thursday that he would not leave the team, however. …

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