Darryl Strawberry opens up about moving past baseball, Steve Cohen buying the Mets, his new life as a pastor … and Donald Trump

By Deesha Thosar, New York Daily News on

Published in Baseball

NEW YORK — Darryl Strawberry doesn't have much time for baseball these days.

The eight-time All-Star and three-time World Series champion spends his time travelling the country as a pastor. Strawberry's life now stands in stark contrast to his days of playing baseball, surviving colon cancer twice and battling drug and alcohol addiction.

The Daily News caught up with Strawberry — in between his conferences in Tennessee, Arkansas and California — and asked the former Mets, Dodgers and Yankees right fielder about the pending Mets sale, the upcoming election and more. His eighth book, "Turn Your Season Around," comes out in January 2021.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.


— Daily News: How much of the World Series are you watching and who do you have to win it all — Dodgers or Rays?


— Darryl Strawberry: I haven't watched any of it this year. I've completely been so far removed from it for such a long time. It's just different, it's a different time. I see things are different from when I used to play back in the day. Nothing personal, it's just a different time. I'm just one of those guys that just never stayed around it for a very long time after I got out and I just moved into other areas of my life to do different things.

— DN: How long have you been staying away from watching the game?

— DS: It's been years. I don't sit down and say, 'The game is coming up. Let's watch it.' Usually, if it's a New York team, I may take a peek at it. I like to watch the playoffs this year, I've seen it passing by airports and stuff like that. I've never been glued to the television saying, 'I have to watch it.'

— DN: Thoughts on how different this baseball season was, playing through a pandemic?


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