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

Strawberry spoke of how he was first introduced to cocaine on his first major league road trip with the New York Mets, saying, “I wanted to fit in. That's just the reality of it.”

He then spoke of the impact Tracy has had on him. She moved him from Florida to Missouri, despite him being hesitant. Eventually, she forced him to shape up.

“It was a place in my life where I had to come and deal with God,” Strawberry said. “I came to that defining moment with God and I said, ‘I am sorry, God.'”

But once the service ended, it quickly became apparent that Strawberry still serves as a baseball great with a meet-and-greet with fans.

“What I do think is so magnificent is how gracious are his fans,” Tracy Strawberry said. “Just the excitement, even little children, and how people flock around him.

“He just considers it an honor. He's like they've been through so much with me and I want to give back to them, so it's pretty amazing to see in the platform that God has given him.”

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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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