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Strawberry finds new ways to spread his message of love

Strawberry finds new ways to spread his message of love

NEW YORK – Former Mets and Yankees slugger Darryl Strawberry serves as Itinerant pastor for over a decade, hes found a new evangelist Place – Prison.

Strawberry, 22 recently publicly stated that he would like to Pay it off. Just this past November, he visited two New Jersey prisons and concluded that all the inmates need is love.

“That’s what they didn’t grow up with — to be loved,” Strawberry said over the phone. “Love conquers all – knowing you are loved no matter what happens in your circumstances.”

Strawberry has had a lot of success and is 1990 One of the Mets’ top sluggers in the S and a valuable bench player 2002 of the Yankee Dynasty.

“[The prisoner] knew I didn’t have to do it,” he said. “The people who run and control the facility — the caretakers — realize I’m not here to put on a show.”

But he also knew what it was like to be imprisoned. At 1990 he served a little over a year in prison -month sentence for non-drug-related violations at his drug rehab center.

“The biggest thing I’ve learned [in prison] is that I don’t belong there,” he said. “I realized it was becoming part of what happened to me and the journey I was living in at the time. At the same time, the love I got from people while I wasn’t there was really important not to me.”

strawberry Siblings and Met historian Jay Horwitz offered love during his incarceration.

“Jay doesn’t have to come and see me when I’m locked up,” says Strawberry. “He would ask for my opinion on certain things. It was that love that made him think I was important. When I was going through struggles, I paid attention to all the details of my life – when people gave me unconditional love .”

In prison, Strawberry thinks of his mother, Ruby, who had the most positive impact on his life, telling her son to show respect no matter who he is, what he’s been through, and There was former Mets teammate Gary Carter.

Strawberry says that Carter’s love is different from other players he has met.

“[His] love was genuine,” Straberry said of Carter, who died in 1990 when said. “I watched him from afar. I admired him for everything he had in life. I wasn’t one of those people who was jealous or envious of him. Why would I? I was young and good at what I did. …

“I thought his life was full of love. He shows it and makes sure everyone knows that he loves and cares about them, whether you love him or not. That’s very powerful. I learned some valuable things from him that helped me to make a difference in life. I want to give it back to someone else. ”

Strawberry plans to visit more prisons across the US this year and reassure prisoners that their lives are not over.
“[Prisoners] need to hear people like me about the importance of making no mistakes in life,” he said “[Talking to them] I had a great time. I will probably do a lot of prison ministry this year, and even cut down on speaking at a lot of churches. I just felt the need to go back behind the gate and be a part of it and talk about life with those people. ”


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