X-Yankees, Mets great Darryl Strawberry hope Aaron Judge won’t repeat ‘the biggest mistake of my career’ klapischo

New York – Baseball fans of a certain age will remember that New York felt the same way in 1985, when Yankees And Mets were equal and in the city fierce debate swirled around Mattingly vs Hernandez.

No one can show those memories better than Darryl Strawberry, Joe played for both teams, won championships on both sides of the city and is still clinging to its history. When asked what he pulls for these days, Straw laughs and says, “Come on, man, I root for New York.”

So how perfect was it that Strawberry threw out subway seriesThe first pitch on Tuesday, as the decibel level at Citi Field, was forming a crescent. it would still be a few hours before Mets hurt Yankees 6-3, but by the time Straw reached the mound and found himself in a time warp, the building was already shaking its hinges.

“There’s no place like this,” Darryl would later say over the phone. “If you like pressure, you like excitement, you want to play a place where it matters, then nothing compares to New York. It was like that in my time. Good to see it happen again.” Put.”

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Strawberry’s Appreciation for the Big Apple Could Easily Be Interpreted as Advice Aaron Judge, The similarities between the two sluggers are truly uncanny. Like the judge today, Strawberry set out to test the market at the height of his career in 1991, convinced he could make more money elsewhere (truely) and find happiness from the first and only team he’d never met. Knew (not true).

Strawberry still says signing with the Dodgers “was the biggest mistake of my career” which is why Judge has a keen interest in his future. Without missing a beat, he says, “My hope is that Aaron doesn’t leave New York.”

This is where the seminar begins. Strawberry is astounded by the Yankees’ reluctance to make the judge an offer he could not refuse before Opening Day. Leaving the door open – even with the reasonable Seven Years, $213.5 Million Offer Ownership took a risk that put the onus on the judge.

“You’re telling a young player, ‘Go out and prove yourself,'” Strawberry said. “Not that the judge made a mistake placing the bet on himself. I can tell you right now. But my gosh, look what he’s done with the opportunity. He hasn’t even played 100 matches and he hit about 40 homers Is.”

Strawberry made sure to emphasize the scouting report on the judges passed from one generation to the home run machine to the next.

“Formidable hitter,” he said of the judge. “Surprised how much power he generates.”

But Strawberry’s five-star rating comes with a clear reminder for the Yankees leader: Saying goodbye to New York will come at a heavy cost. That would mean sacrificing the nightly adrenaline rush, madness in the stands, and the virtual guarantee of post-season travel every October.

“Where else are you going to get it?” Strawberry asked. “If you want a place that’s quiet, if you like being in the background where you’re supposed to be alone, New York isn’t for you. But I don’t think Aaron Judge is that kind of person.

I asked Strawberry if the judge reminded her of herself, knowing it was a two-part question. There’s no connection between Judge and the Mets-era Strawberry, who, by his own admission, “made every mistake you can think of.”

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But the strawberry of the late ’90s, whose career was revived George SteinbrennerAppreciate the judge’s maturity and leadership. Straw was about 40 years old by the time he developed spiritually. Finally sober and drug-free, Strawberry has dedicated the past two decades to his ministry and charity.

Although Strawberry lives in St. Louis, she was in the area this week to attend the Gambino Medical and Science Foundation’s 26th annual charity golf outing. The proceeds were committed to the treatment and eradication of pediatric cancer.

Earlier in the day, Strawberry learned about a Mets fan who was seriously ill: Phil Taormina, deputy chief of the East Rutherford Police Department, was diagnosed with liver cancer. Strawberry called the officer at Hackensack Medical Center to pray for him but he could not go.

Fearless, Straw said, “I’m going to try again (today).”

Tragically, only 47-year-old Taormina passed away on Wednesday morning. Strawberry left a voicemail message for the family to help them grieve.

The offer had nothing to do with a keen interest in the Mets or the Yankees. Straw has opened his heart to any and all. But baseball is still in his genes. Those few moments in front of the city’s sold out crowd brought back a crowd of memories. When Strawberry says, “I really hope we have a true Subway series,” he’s speaking as a true New York ambassador. Just don’t ask him to take sides.

“Nothing can replace the eight years I have with the Mets, but nothing can replace the chance to come to the Yankees and play for Joe Toure,” Strawberry said. “I’m indebted to him and Mr. Steinbrenner for everything. Playing all over town helped me grow up.”

Strawberry will be back in New York next month First Mets ‘Old Timers Day’ Since 1994. he will miss Yankees ‘Old Timers’ Celebration This Saturday, but don’t read anything in that.

The Mets first asked, months ago, to beat the Yankees to the punch. Straw’s schedule for this weekend was already set or he would have been in the Bronx, a perfect 2-for-2 summer finish in the Big Apple loyalty test.

Not many players could achieve this. But Strawberry hopes the judges are taking an overriding lesson: Never forget your roots.

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Bob Clappish can be reached here bklapisch@njadvancemedia.com,

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