No team of bad boys rivaled the New York Mets in the 1980s, and slugger Darryl Strawberry was at the center of the partying.
Darryl Strawberry took New York by storm in the 1980s, becoming one of the best sluggers in Major League Baseball. After winning the National League Rookie of the Year in 1983, Strawberry enjoyed his prime years in Queens from 1984-1990. He had all the tools to be in Cooperstown, but battled demons his entire career.
Teaming with Dwight “Doc” Gooden, Strawberry led a fast life during his time with the Mets. Between the drugs and alcohol, Strawberry wasted his God-given talent, and left Mets fans with thoughts of what could have been.
Speaking with Sirius XM’s Evan Cohen on SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Radio on Thursday, Strawberry explained the extracurricular activities he enjoyed in the clubhouse during games:
“Between innings. It worked out well just how crazy it was,” Strawberry told Cohen. “It kind of worked out that way. You point (a woman) out and tell the kid (to go get her).”
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In comparison, Mets phenom Noah Syndergaard once got in trouble for eating lunch in the clubhouse during a spring training game.
How times have changed for the New York Mets.
Strawberry and Gooden will be featured on a new ESPN 30 for 30 that airs tonight at 9pm ET. Titled “Doc and Darryl,” the film will show the crazy times of the two young stars who captivated the New York baseball scene in the 1980s.
Strawberry has turned his life around in the last 13 years, and now helps others out who are battling addiction. It was a long road for the former slugger, but his life now has purpose, and he is looked upon as a lesson to young people who think they are invincible.
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