Straw [NOOK Book]

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Former baseball slugger Darryl Strawberry, whose achievements on the field were often overshadowed by his struggles off the field, recounts the highs, the lows, and the lessons of hope and survival he learned along the way.

The youngest son of Henry and Ruby Strawberry, Darryl grew up in a working-class neighborhood in Los Angeles, where he channeled his energy into baseball and basketball. The New York Mets drafted him in 1980, and he won the National League Rookie of the Year ...

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Straw

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Overview

Former baseball slugger Darryl Strawberry, whose achievements on the field were often overshadowed by his struggles off the field, recounts the highs, the lows, and the lessons of hope and survival he learned along the way.

The youngest son of Henry and Ruby Strawberry, Darryl grew up in a working-class neighborhood in Los Angeles, where he channeled his energy into baseball and basketball. The New York Mets drafted him in 1980, and he won the National League Rookie of the Year Award in 1983. Strawberry became the first National League player voted to the All-Star Game in each of his first four full seasons.

Throughout the eighties and nineties, however, Strawberry faced many personal challenges, includ-ing drug use, tax evasion, solicitation, and allegations of domestic violence. His seasons with the Dodgers, Giants, and Yankees were interrupted by suspensions, visits to rehab, and treatment for colon cancer. But in 2006, Strawberry's life changed course dramatically. With his wife, Tracy, he devoted himself to his church and to his work with children and adults affected by autism and other developmental disorders.

For the first time, in his own words, Darryl Strawberry delivers his inspirational narrative—the extraordinary story of his life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061869570
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/28/2009
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 391,213
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Darryl Strawberry

Darryl Strawberry was born in Crenshaw, California. An eight-time All-Star, a four-time World Series Champion, and a National League Rookie of the Year, he played for the Mets, Dodgers, Giants, and Yankees during his headlining career. In 2008, Strawberry began serving as a special ambassador for the Mets. He is the father of five and lives in Missouri with his wife, Tracy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2009

    Touching story

    I really ejoyed the way Darryl told his story. It was touching and honest without being pathetic. He really seems to have taken ownership for all the bad decisios he's made and comes across strong and humbled. I cried reading about his abusive father and misguided childhood. This is a good read for anyone whether you're a sports fan or not.

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  • Posted May 20, 2009

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    Strength

    Incredibly inspiring! Read this book. Most of us have done things in our life we regret. Things we felt shame about. Whenever Darryl did, it was on the news and front pages. How hard would that be? To hear what they said about you. I'm also a former drug addict and alcoholic, I can't imagine how much more I would have wanted to escape if every time, I had to read what they wrote about me, or knew my family had to read it and hear about it on the news. Darryl is an OVERCOMER. The dissappointments he has faced in life are more than most of us will ever know. More highs and lows than anyone else I can think of. Today among many other things he does to help others he goes into juvinile centers and speaks to kids like an older brother trying to save them from the hell he has gone through. This is an awesome story. He gives glory to Jesus Christ

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2009

    WOWis the one word I would use to describe the book!

    If your a Baseball fan it is a must have! It's great insight to the way MR. Strawberry came up into the Majors. I must say that after reading the book I know understand a little more about him and everything that went on during his playing days! Get the the book and you will love it!

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  • Posted December 14, 2009

    Straw Knocks It Out Of The Park!

    Traw by Darryl Strawberry is a great read. It transcends sports. Mr Strawberry is transparent about defining moments in his life, some of which did not happen on the baseball diamond. The overall theme of redemption, inspires and points us to the eternal hope, that is in God.

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