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Teary-eyed Lenny Dykstra shares touching letter written by Darren Daulton

Rob Tornoe, STAFF WRITER

Updated: Monday, August 7, 2017, 8:38 AM

Lenny Dykstra and Darren Dalton at Spring Training in 1995.

After the death of Phillies great Darren Daulton, who died Sunday after a four-year battle with brain cancer, former teammate Lenny Dykstra took to Facebook to deliver a moving message about the man he has come to refer to as a brother.

Darren Dalton in the Phillies newly stocked locker room. GEORGE REYNOLDS / Staff Photographer
Phillies Darren Dalton on base vs. Detroit during spring training action. GEORGE REYNOLDS / Staff Photographer
After winning the game with a single in the 11th inning, Darren Dalton is congratulated by Jim Fregosi. GEORGE REYNOLDS / Staff Photographer
Darren Daulton at Carpenter Complex in Clearwater. MICHAEL MERCANTI / Staff Photographer
Gary Scott picks up Wilken's throw after Darren Dalton steals 3rd. GEORGE REYNOLDS / Staff Photographer
Former Philadelphia Phillies catcher Darren Daulton waves to the crowd as he takes the field during the Philadelphia Phillies Alumni, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013. MICHAEL PEREZ / AP
Former Phillies Darren Daulton in August 2013 during a pre-game press conference. RON CORTES / Staff Photographer
Phillies Darren Daulton gives Charles Hoffmeister back his pen after signing a autograph during spring training in Clearwater, Florida. YONG KIM / Staff Photographer
Darren Daulton holds onto his helmet while at bat at Veterans Stadium. JIM MACMILLAN / Staff Photographer
Jim Eisenreich gets congratulated by Darren Dalton after a two run homer. GEORGE REYNOLDS / Staff Photographer
A shirtless Darren Daulton shags fly balls in right field during a workout at Jack Russell Stadium in Clearwater in an attempted to return to the game as a first baseman. ERIC MENCHER / Staff Photographer
Phillies catcher Darren Daulton is congratulated after hitting the ball over the left field wall by Randy Ready. ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ / Staff Photographer
Darren Daulton attempts to tag out Atlanta Braves Jeff Blauser. ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ / Staff Photographer
Darren Daulton talks about his decision to try to come back and play first base. JERRY LODRIGUSS / Staff Photographer
Lenny Dykstra and Darren Dalton at Spring Training in 1995. ERIC MENCHER / Staff Photographer
Catcher Darren Daulton covers the plate at Atlanta Braves Chipper Jones slides into home safe. JERRY LODRIGUSS / Staff Photographer
Mickey Morandini waited at the plate to congratulate Darren Daulton for his home over the right field wall. ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ / Staff Photographer
Darren Daulton waits for the throw as Chris Jones of the Mets sails home safely. JIM MACMILLAN / Staff Photographer
Darren Daulton signs autographs on the first base side during the practice at Veterans Stadium. STEVEN FALK / Staff Photographer
Atlanta Braves, Jeff Blauser slides into home plate as Philly Darren Daulton attempts to tag him out. JERRY LODRIGUSS / Staff Photographer
Darren Daulton arrives for workout in Florida in his Mercedes convertible that he parked in the outfield. MICHAEL BRYANT / Staff Photographer
Darren Daulton delivers a baseball to a group of Phillies fans. JIM MACMILLAN / Staff Photographer
Darren Daulton tires to calm pitcher Curt Schilling down after giving up a first inning run. CHARLES FOX / Staff Photographer
Darren Daulton covers plate as Atlanta Braves, Deion Sanders and Fred McGriff score. ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ / Staff Photographer
Otis Nixon dances across the plate safe as Darren Daulton waits for the throw. JERRY LODRIGUSS / Staff Photographer
Daulton slides into home to score on hit by Wes Chamberlain. Catcher for Mets is Todd Hundley. ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ / Staff Photographer
Darren Daulton is giving a press conference at Veterans Stadium. AKIRA SUWA / Staff Photographer
Darren Daulton (left) shakes hands with former Phillies pitcher Jim Bunning during 2016 Alumni weekend, Friday, August 12, 2016. Standing between them is Mike Lieberthal. YONG KIM / Staff Photographer
Darren Daulton is inducted into the Phillies Wall of Fame during Alumni Weekend, August 2, 2016. DAVID M WARREN / Staff Photographer
Former Philadelphia Phillies star Jon Kruk, left, is embraced by Darren Daulton, as Jim Bunnin and Steve Carlton during Phillies Wall of Fame ceremony. RON CORTES / Staff Photographer
Former Phillies catcher Darren Daulton. JERRY LODRIGUSS / Staff Photographer
Darren Daulton walks onto the field at Citizens Bank Park for Phillies Alumni Weekend in August 2010. DAVID M WARREN / Staff Photographer
Darren Daulton at training camp in 1994. GEORGE REYNOLD / Staff Photogapher
Darren Daulton at spring training in 1994. GEORGE REYNOLDS / Staff Photographer
Darren Daulton during media interviews at Citizens Bank Park for the kick off of Alumni Weekend, August 6, 2010. DAVID M WARREN / Staff Photographer
Former catcher Darren Daulton visits Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida for Phillies Spring Training Sunday February 22, 2015. DAVID SWANSON / Staff Photographer
Former Philadelphia Phillies catcher Darren Daulton in dugout before ball game between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Atlanta Braves on Friday, Aug. 2, 2013. MICHAEL PEREZ / AP
Former Phillies' catcher Darren Daulton waves to the crowd as he is introduced here on the night of his salute. JERRY LODRIGUSS / Staff Photographer
Former Phillies catcher Darren Daulton getting a hug from 1993 Phillies manager Jim Fregosi as Larry Bowa (left) and John Vukovich (right) watch. G.W. MILLER III / Staff Photographer
Photo Gallery: GALLERY: Darren "Dutch" Daulton, catcher Philadelphia Phillies

“Dutch, as we called him, was a warrior and a leader,” Dykstra said early Monday in a video, fighting back tears. “He was the kind of guy that you wanted on your team, and he was without a doubt the unquestionable leader on a team that went from last from first in 1993, where we made baseball fun again in Philadelphia.”

Before joining the Phillies, Dykstra said on Shark Time Radio last week, Daulton couldn’t stand him, “a common feeling amongst many of those who were not my teammates during my career.” But once Dykstra joined the team, the two became “brothers,” as Dykstra put it.

Daulton remained close to Dykstra, even as legal problems began to overtake Dykstra’s life. After the three-time All-Star pleaded guilty to bankruptcy fraud and other federal charges in 2012, Dykstra revealed that Daulton had written the judge a letter on his behalf.

Holding back tears, Dykstra read the letter on Facebook:

Your honor, my name is Darren Daulton. I’m a former Major League Baseball player who played with and against Lenny Dykstra. I have become very good friends with him and his family.

I believe I know what he is capable of doing when times are good, as well as when they are difficult. Obviously, there are two extremes that the Dude has lived through. We all experience the extremes, some more than others.

Your honor, tonight I pray that God provides you the wisdom to judge my friend and provide him the opportunity to make amends with himself and the people that love him.

Darren Daulton

Watch:

After four years of battling brain cancer, my dear friend and great teammate, Darren Daulton, has passed away. "Dutch" was the unquestionable leader of our 1993 Phillies team that went from last place to first place, as we swaggered our way to the World Series. Dutch was a warrior, a gamer, a guy I wanted in my foxhole. Darren kept us all together, and for that, we made baseball fun again in Philadelphia. My thoughts and prayers go out to Darren's family.I will miss you Dutch. Lenny Dykstra

Posted by Lenny Dykstra on Monday, August 7, 2017

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