Darryl Strawberry Teachin Them Kids Right
I couldn’t think of a better place for a former all-star cokehead than teaching young baseball players how to be professional ball players. Darryl Strawberry is a roving instructor for the New York Mets organization, a job given to him by Mets VP and GM Omar Minaya where Straw will visit the affiliates from the rookie leagues to Class AAA.
Last weekend, Strawberry was at the single A Savannah Sand Gnats complex giving all sorts of advice to their young hitters, something he wishes he had when he was coming up to the majors:
“We didn’t have that when I came up. You had to learn the hard way. You had to learn the hard knocks of life. It’s life. It’s a journey. It’s the same thing for these younger guys.
“I try to explain to them about the life of playing professional sports, the temptations and the people. You’ve got to be extremely careful about who you deal with.”
Certainly these kids are going to listen to this guy when he tells them how to get to the majors and what not to do to stay there. Straw had a world of talent and he could have been a hall of fame player were it not for his addictions, for him to talk to the kids in the Mets single A team is like the baseball equivalent of Scared Straight to these kids.
“Do you wake up in the morning and feel like you have to kill somebody??”
I have to think besides teaching the normal hitting, fielding, time management and psychological aspects of the game of baseball, Darryl is also telling the kids some other fine points about managing life in the big leagues such as:
- How to have a ho’ in every visiting town
- How to not get said ho’ pregnant
- How to keep said ho’ quiet about her ho’ing around with you
- How to do a proper line of blow off said ho’s ass
- How not to mix the uppers with the downers
Well you get the point…oh yea, and if you don’t remember scared straight, here’s some bonus footage for ya.
From Savannah Morning News/Savannah Now
Photo by Richard Drew / AP
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