Long, long days after he was the straw that stirred the potent Mets cocktail of the 1980s, Darryl Strawberry is an ordained Christian minister, an author, and still an imposing presence. It’s not just Strawberry’s 6′ 6″ build that makes a statement — though it’s clear he has been carrying some weight a long time, as the Beatles said. With Strawberry his baseball experience — the glory and the steep decline — still pales in comparison to his life experience.
Because Strawberry faced down the devil (in the form of addiction) more times than he faced down even top-tier major league pitching. Against either, of course, going 3-for-10 (.300) will get you into the Hall of Fame. (Strawberry hit .259 lifetime in the bigs.) Along the way, Strawberry fathered two sons who made basketball their priority. D.J. Strawberry played for Maryland and was drafted by the Phoenix Suns. He played in Greece in 2015. Jordan Strawberry is a rising sophomore point guard for Mercer University. He was second on the team in assists his freshman year. ESPN 30 for 30 will get personal with Darryl and his old teammate Doc Gooden on Doc & Darryl on July 14 at 9pm.
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— jordan strawberry (@jstrawberry_0) July 13, 2016
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