Darryl…Darryl…Darryl…that’s what was always heard at Shea Stadium. Darryl Strawberry’s sweet swing was something to behold. But trouble was brewing and he took off to Los Angeles where he would reunite with childhood friend Eric Davis to provide one of the most talented teammate duos in decades. We all thought that would happen. But…it didn’t.
Strawberry was probably the best position player ever drafted AND developed by the Mets organization. He came up in 1983 and stuck around through 1990. In his eight seasons in blue and orange Straw hit .263 and slammed 252 mostly majestic home runs while driving in 733 runs, and he also stole 191 bases.
He won the Rookie of the Year Award in 1983 and was an All Star the next seven seasons.
After things went bad for Darryl out west, George Steinbrenner brought him back to New York and he spent five seasons (1995-1999) as a part-time player, but provided some much needed power while helping the Yanks to a few World Series championships in 1996, 1998, 1999.
He’ll always be considered a Met more than a Yankee, but you can’t help notice that he won three rings in the Bronx and only one in Queens.