Darryl ” The Strawman ” Strawberry To The Rescue.
So in an Era of no one defending each other especially when it comes to steroid use. Regardless of howmany actually use them behind close doors, it is still the stigma hold people back from speaking their mind. So maybe they are all cowards, or just not ready to admit to the world their secret edge, regardless we are lucky The Strawman is still around:
Darryl Strawberry says he sympathizes with Yankees’ Rodriguez 1 day ago
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Darryl Strawberry understands what Alex Rodriguez is going through.
On his first day at spring training this year as an instructor with the New York Mets, Strawberry said he would have been tempted to use performance-enhancing drugs in his playing days.
“In our nature, we are competitive creatures, and we have a tremendous drive and high tolerance,” Strawberry said Tuesday.
“I’m not saying that was the right thing to do, but people ask me, if I was faced with it, what would I have done? If that was going on in the era of the ’80s, it probably would have been in my system, too.”
Strawberry hit 335 homers and had 1,000 RBIs during a 17-year career started with the Mets in 1983 and ended with the Yankees in 1999 – in the midst of the steroids era.
“It was late in the game,” he said.
“If you would have caught me when I was 24, 25, in the middle of my career – I was naive, stupid, just like Alex said.”
Strawberry said he respects Rodriguez for making the admission, but thinks it’s unfair A-Rod was the only name to become public among the 104 on a sealed list for testing positive during baseball’s anonymous 2003 survey.
Strawberry hasn’t spoken directly with Rodriguez, but has passed on messages of encouragement through Yankees contacts.
“It’s unfortunate, but that’s what happens when you play in New York,” Strawberry said.
“A lot of times everyone is going to pick on the biggest player, and he is the biggest player in the game.
He is a great player, regardless of what people say.”
Strawberry thinks Rodriguez now has an opportunity to help teach young players to learn from his mistake.
At spring training with the Mets through March 10, Strawberry hopes the team will learn from its second straight September collapse.
He compared the situation to that of the 1986 Mets, who won the World Series following a pair of second-place finishes.
“We came out the gates playing well from Day 1,” Strawberry said.
“We knew we had a special team, that we were in a position to win, and we just needed to go out and put it all together as a group.
That’s the most important thing.
This group they have here is putting it together as a group.”
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So it is said , Thank You Mr. Strawberry. I know he had his own issues along the way, but who hasn’t. The types of problems are different but as a human race we are all flawed, and to judge ones flaws without looking at your own, is ignorance. Even if he is coming to the rescue of A-Broad.
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