Darryl Strawberry was on the quick observe to the Corridor of Fame till he made what he calls the largest mistake in his profession — leaving the New York Mets for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Strawberry, who was one of many leaders on the Mets’ 1986 World Sequence-winning workforce, advised SNY “Baseball Evening in New York” on Tuesday that signing with the Dodgers when he was a free agent after the 1990 season was the “the largest mistake I actually ever made in my profession.”
The facility-hitting proper fielder wasn’t the identical participant after leaving New York. Earlier than heading to Los Angeles, Strawberry belted 252 of his 335 profession house runs and drove in 753 of his 1,000 runs whereas making seven All-Star groups. Strawberry did hit 28 homers and had 99 RBIs in his first yr with the Dodgers in 1991, however after that, his profession was derailed by accidents, a bout with colon most cancers, drug dependancy and a number of run-ins with the legislation.
Strawberry stated he didn’t have the need to compete as arduous in entrance of the laid-back Dodgers followers and missed the hard-charging Mets supporters who held him accountable for his play.
“The followers are so totally different in New York than LA,” Strawberry stated. “L.A. followers come late and go away early. New York followers come early and by no means go away. They wait till the tip of the sport, whether or not you win or lose, and I used to be used to that.
“I used to be simply extra used to the aggressive followers and taking part in in New York Metropolis and letting individuals be over the dugout and yelling at you working throughout the sector. And if you suck, they let you know you suck. And also you take a look at them like, ‘Yeah, I do suck proper now. I have to get higher.’”
Although Strawberry was by no means an elite participant once more, he was a part of three World Sequence championship golf equipment throughout his time in The Bronx from 1995-1999, which included hitting 24 house runs through the 1998 marketing campaign.