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By Darryl Strawberry

Former baseball slugger Darryl Strawberry, whose achievements at the box have been usually overshadowed by way of his struggles off the sector, recounts the highs, the lows, and the teachings of wish and survival he discovered alongside the best way. The youngest son of Henry and Ruby Strawberry, Darryl grew up in a working-class local in l. a., the place he channeled his strength into baseball and basketball. the hot York Mets drafted him in 1980, and he gained the nationwide League Rookie of the yr Award in 1983. Strawberry grew to become the 1st nationwide League participant voted to the All-Star online game in every one of his first 4 complete seasons. in the course of the eighties and nineties, even if, Strawberry confronted many own demanding situations, includ-ing drug use, tax evasion, solicitation, and allegations of family violence. His seasons with the Dodgers, Giants, and Yankees have been interrupted by means of suspensions, visits to rehab, and therapy for colon melanoma. yet in 2006, Strawberry's lifestyles replaced path dramatically. together with his spouse, Tracy, he dedicated himself to his church and to his paintings with teenagers and adults stricken by autism and different developmental issues. For the 1st time, in his personal phrases, Darryl Strawberry offers his inspirational narrative—the awesome tale of his lifestyles.

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She saw that I was happy playing ball, and that made her happy. She didn’t realize how good I was at first. Not until she came to a Junior League game, where I was on one team and Ronnie was playing center field for the other team. I came to bat and hit a huge home run, way out past his head. He’s shagging for it, my sisters are laughing and laughing. My mom was surprised. The Darryl she knew just lay around the 26 / DARRYL STR AWBE RRY house all the time, moping, doing nothing. She had never seen me so energized.

I was good at every sport I tried. I’m not bragging. It was just in me. I loved it. It was pure joy for me to play baseball, basketball, football. While I was playing I could almost forget my anger and my troubles. Almost. Baseball actually came third for me, after basketball and football. I would play all three throughout high school. For a while basketball was my first love. I was so tall and gangly for a kid that it just came naturally. Until high school I never played it in an organized way.

Other great players on that team included Carl Jones, Cordie Dillard, Reggie Dymally, and the McNealy twins, Darryl and Derwin. They were as identical as salt and pepper shakers. Most of the time we didn’t even bother to tell them apart. We just called them both Twin. A bunch of guys on that 1979 varsity team—a dozen, I think—would get drafted by major league teams. For whatever reason, only Chris and I would make it out of the minors. We were a great team, but we used to give poor Brooks heart attacks and ulcers, because we let a lot of teams jump out ahead of us in the early innings.

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