You're sure to get a big applause,
can you explain how you still hold that thought
for the Mets fans?
DARRYL STRAWBERRY: Well, when you
look back and look at how many times people tried
to climb the fence to catch some of my home runs,
that probably sticks in their heart.
Just the way we played, I think the years of
the '80s, the way we played, the swagger we had,
the kind of team we were and everything, I think it
brought something back to New York Mets fans
and the National League and baseball. I think they
had missed National League baseball for a long
time and when I came in in 1983, there was
nobody in the stands. Then in 1984, we changed,
kind of changed things around. We had, you
know, players coming in and we had a new
manager and there was a lot of excitement. We
brought a lot of excitement back to the fans over
here in Queens.
The bond between yourself and the
Mets organization seems to have tightened and
you seem to have grown closer together this
year. What does that mean to you even moving
DARRYL STRAWBERRY: Well, it means
a great deal to me, to really tie the bond here,
because it was very special for me to play here
and win the Rookie of the Year and win a
championship in '86. You know, the great years
that we all had here, the bond that I have that's
really starting to develop back with this
organization, it means to me more than anybody
could imagine. Because, you know, I know truly in
my heart when I stepped on the field here, I laid my
heart out on the plate, played the game the way
the game is supposed to be played.
I enjoyed it. I really enjoyed what baseball
was really all about when I played here and put on
When Preston Wilson was in here
yesterday, he talked about the great memories
he had as a kid coming to Shea and one of
them was sitting down and talking with you.
What are your memories of him as a kid and
what are your thoughts of him now being here?
DARRYL STRAWBERRY: Well, it's kind
of strange, because he was Mookie Wilson's son,
and you used to always see Preston running
around. You kind of looked and you knew this guy
would some day be a player. When you hang
around the ballpark as much as Preston hung
around the ballpark, there was going to be a great
chance that he was going to excel at this level.
He was a good kid, he was really a good
kid. I'm just happy for him. I know for him coming
here probably means more to him than a lot of the
other Cardinal players coming here, because he
walked up and down these halls for a long time,
watching his dad and watching the teams that
used to play. I know it's very special for him to
come here and be a part of the playoffs and having
a chance to maybe go to the World Series.
Having played on both sides of the
city what do you think about this being a Mets
city again after the Yankees getting knocked
out of the playoffs?
DARRYL STRAWBERRY: Well, I don't
want to stretch it that far just yet. The Mets are
definitely in the position to win, you know, to win
New York City back, there's no question about it.
They have some outstanding players.
The young players are very exciting. I
think that's what brings the excitement to the
organization. When you can keep the young
players and you can blend them in with some of
the veteran players, it gives you a chance to bring
out the recognition that you have as an
organization you're starting to build back up, and I
think they are on the right path with that, building it
back up, bringing in David Wright and Jose Reyes
and the young guys that may come up in the
It just brings the energy back to the city for
the New York Mets fans. After those years in the
'80s, they must have suffered a lot again. Now
hopefully this stretch will continue. Hopefully they
will build like the Yankees. We all like to question
the Yankees, but the Yankees is a dynasty, there's
no question. I mean, they are not going anywhere.
They might have got eliminated, but they are not
going anywhere. I mean, they haven't won a
World Series. The standard for them is high, after
winning championships, you know, and of course
they are going to be questioned about being
knocked out, yes, of course. It's very disappointing
to the Yankee fans that the Yankees got knocked
out in the first rounds, because when you look at it,
they had the best team in baseball, but they didn't
perform like that.
How much do you miss playing, and
if so, what parts of the game do you miss?
DARRYL STRAWBERRY: None. There
comes a point in time when it's over, it's over. You
know, baseball was fun. Baseball was real. I
believe my years when I played here and with the
guys I played with, you know, we wore that uniform
on our sleeve because we were the most hated
team in the National League everywhere we went.
We was kind of proud of that. So that's something
you always will remember, but when it's over, it's
over. (Phone ringing) And somebody's trying to
call me but they will just have to wait.
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