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. ”20122012