Darryl Strawberry made a mark on NY being a solid player for the Mets and Yankees, but he called his first time leaving the ‘biggest mistake’ of his career.
Before heading over to the Los Angeles Dodgers in free agency after the 1990 season, Darryl Strawberry was a key contributor to the New York Mets and one of the most feared hitters in the game. He was well on his way to a Hall of Fame career.
On Tuesday, Strawberry told SNY that signing with the Dodgers was “the biggest mistake I really ever made in my career”.
“The fans are so different in New York than LA,” Strawberry said. “L.A. fans come late and leave early. New York fans come early and never leave. They wait until the end of the game, whether you win or lose, and I was used to that.
“I was just more used to the aggressive fans and playing in New York City and letting people be over the dugout and yelling at you running across the field. And when you suck, they tell you you suck. And you look at them like, ‘Yeah, I do suck right now. I need to get better.’”
There is no doubt that the move to Los Angeles hindered Strawberry’s career, which picked back up when he arrived to the Yankees in 1995. It was evident that Strawberry felt back home in the city that never sleeps.
The left-hander was a role player with the Yankees from 1995 to 1999 where he helped the club win four World Series ring and included a 24 home run season in 1998.
There is no doubt that Strawberry faced his fair share of adversity during his playing career, but he has made it clear that New York is where he called home during his time as a player.