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Darryl Strawberry Has Some Words of Wisdom for Young Mets
Tuesday, January 10, 2006
"With my history of things I've experienced in life, I have a great gift to elaborate to the kids about the mistakes I made." - - - Darryl Strawberry

Ex-Met/Yank Darryl Strawberry may be more remembered for his off the field antics than for his playing – and he’s okay with that. Strawberry, who served as an advisor for the entire Mets club last year, had the opportunity to act as an unofficial coach during this month’s Mets minicamp. Strawberry has always cherished the opportunity to help kids stay on the right path, and he has a special authority on the subject that (luckily) not many other role models can claim.

"I'm at a very good place in my life. I don't want people to remember me as a baseball player. I hope they remember how I overcame the trials and tribulations of life, and was able to save young kids. That's what's really important.” - - Darryl

It definitely does seem that Darryl is in a much better place than he was in just a few years ago, when he served eleven months in prison for cocaine possession. It’s tough not to root for Darryl; no matter how many scrapes (arrests) or pickles (rehab) he got himself into, everyone always hoped for the best. It’s heartwarming to see Darryl making an effort to educate people, and even more uplifting to see the response he gets from the younger players.

"He was definitely one of my childhood heroes growing up. Now, being able to hold a conversation with him and talk to him about what it was like playing for the Mets in the '80s, it's a special thing. He’s not a doctor, he's not a psychiatrist. He's experienced what we're going through and he knows all about it. Hearing it come from his mouth means a lot more." - - David Wright


posted by Yankees Chick @ Tuesday, January 10, 2006  
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