Daryl Strawberry Is Doing Better, At Least For Now
What is likely less well known to fans is Strawberry's quiet resurrection in the small town of O'Fallen, Missouri. That story is the subject of this long magazine feature in the River Front Times, a St. Louis-based publication.
- Strawberry has apparently found a religious calling, thanks largely to a pastor that focuses on addiction-related temptation and religion's role in that temptation.
- Strawberry and his wife, Tracy, were encouraged to start a charity designed to raise money to treat and assist autistic children.
- Tracy's family (her maiden name is Boulware) were hesitant to allow their daughter to marry Strawberry, given his history of domestic violence. They relented, however, when they met the former ballplayer and found him to be "the most humble, the most caring, the most generous, loving man you'd ever want to meet," Tracy says.
- There is plenty about Strawberry's playing career, but this quote from Bobby Ojeda just about sums it up: "We were throwbacks," pitcher Bobby Ojeda has told baseball writers. "We were like, 'Gimme a steak, gimme a f***** beer, gimme a smoke, and get the f*** out of our way.'"
Despite that quote, which just begs sarcasm, sorry: no jokes here. It's just sort of good to see a guy get his life back together, at least for a little bit. I'm not the most religious guy (OK, so I'm not religious at all) but there's something inspiring about a troubled guy finding a little peace, regardless of where - geographically or spiritually - that peace takes him.