Wife, faith have helped Darryl Strawberry reach the high point in his life

Strawberry's troubles have been well documented. In their 10th year traveling as ordained ministers, the couple shared their stories at six different services on Sunday
by Jacob Unruh Published: April 7, 2013
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photo - Former Major League Baseball star Darryl Strawberry, right, speaks alongside his wife Tracy and Victory Church pastor Mark Crow on Sunday at Victory Church in Warr Acres. Photo by Jacob Unruh, The Oklahoman
Former Major League Baseball star Darryl Strawberry, right, speaks alongside his wife Tracy and Victory Church pastor Mark Crow on Sunday at Victory Church in Warr Acres. Photo by Jacob Unruh, The Oklahoman

WARR ACRES — Tracy Strawberry was unaware of Darryl Strawberry's celebrity status when they met at a Narcotics Anonymous convention.

To her, they were both addicts looking to recover. But even today, she still says he never really talks baseball.

“I've always loved the person, not the player,” Tracy Strawberry said. “And he's always loved the fact that I love the person, not the player.”

That, along with Darryl Strawberry's faith, aided his redemption.

In their 10th year traveling as ordained ministers, the couple shared their stories at six different services for Victory Church in Edmond, Warr Acres and Norman on Sunday.

“This is a calling,” Darryl Strawberry said following his fifth service of the day. “Baseball was not a calling; baseball was a gift, playing basketball is a gift, playing football is a gift, playing golf is a gift.

“A calling from God is totally different because now you have the responsibility of going out and being led by the spirit of God to impact people's lives that are struggling.”

Strawberry's troubles have been well documented. He went from a Major League Baseball superstar to drug addiction, prison and two battles with colon cancer.

And Sunday he told those in attendance how he hit his low points and how he is now at his high point.

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by Jacob Unruh
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Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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