Daryl Strawberry was a feared slugger who helped the New York Mets win the World Series in 1986, and then performed a similar deed with the New York Yankees in 1996, 1998, and 1999. However, he was also being squeezed by a fierce-some cocaine addiction, which led to a spectacularly ugly downfall. During a brief return to rehab ("God called my name quite a few times"), he met his future wife Tracy who lead him to Jesus. He and Tracy continue to minister to addicts through Strawberry Ministries.
Despite all his troubles here, Strawberry says, "My heart and soul will always lie in New York City.” Now living in Missouri, he returns to New York City to visit friends and make television appearances.
Recently, Strawberry used an appearance on the Dr. Phil show "The Doctors" to appeal to Lamar Odom, former Lakers' star and estranged husband of Khloé Kardashian, to come out from addiction.
“His family reached out to me because I am in recovery. I have two treatment centers,” Strawberry said on the show, which airs October 26. The slugger has two Darryl Strawberry Recovery Centers in Florida.
Odom suffered coma, strokes and kidney failure after a drug overdose in a Nevada brothel last year. Although he went into rehab afterwards, he seems to have fallen back into his desperate lifestyle. He was spotted partying at a strip club in August.
Odom was born in South Jamaica, Queens, New York City. He lost his father for years to heroin addiction, and his mother died of colon cancer. For three years he played basketball for Odom played for Christ The King Regional High School in Middle Village, Queens.
“You have to understand, with celebrities, they are always silent. And that’s why most of them end up dying — because of the shame and the guilt,” Strawberry said.
“Look at Prince — Prince would be alive today . . . Whitney Houston would be alive today if someone had talked — you don’t have to die like this.”
Strawberry and his wife ask these questions of Odom and others struggling with addictions:
The "Spiritual Connection" Within Your Recovery:
- Do you have questions about the "God Piece" in your recovery? Are you confused, angry at God or struggling to make a Spiritual Connection with God? Do you simply desire more information that can help you gain the true understanding of God?
- Have you ever thought, "at the end of my life, what is it all for? Where will I spend eternity? I'm clean and sober. I sponsor people, take individuals to meetings and go out of my way to help others. I'm a good person. Is that enough to be right with God?".
- I've been clean and sober for a while now but I feel like there is something more out there for me. Can you help?