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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Many assumptions have been made about Darryl Strawberry, yet his own version of events delivers open admissions and frank accountability. Despite significant setbacks baseball has always been a part of his life and the game has been loyal to Strawberry. He has had to find his way having fallen from glittering stardom to the mud of society but faith, self-assessment, and those close to him helped him through a long struggle to eventually find a new and wonderful life.
Henning - Australian Baseball Author. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I am not only a girl, but I'm not really a sports fan. I enjoy going to sporting events but don't ever go to professional events because of where I live and the cost, and I don't watch sports in TV, however, I have heard of Darryl Strawberry and I saw an interview with Jim on some TV show which made me want to read his book. I was impressed with the way he took responsibilities for his actions.
I'm sure at times he blamed his father for making him the way he was, but he manned up and moved forward. Even for a non-sports lover. It seems he has his stuff together now and has bear his addictions. One person found this helpful. An open hearted journey through triumph and tragedy. I liked Darryl's open and honest assessment of his life. He didn't try to candy coat any of the circumstances he ultimately brought on to himself. He shared the strength he found in his christian faith without being preachy or pious in any way. The book is real. He's flawed and deeply sorry for the people he's hurt but at the same time is inspirational through his resilience through cancer, addiction, debt, and personal loss.
This book was an interesting read for someone who followed the Mets and Strawberry through the years. It gives a lot of insight into his early years of baseball, what players are thinking and how they feel as they are becoming a baseball superstar. The reviews pretty much cover what's inside the book, but I found the chapters on the '86 championship year the best part of the book.
Strawberry really brings you inside the team, the personalities, and the high expectations on himself and the team. The youngest son of Henry and Ruby Strawberry, Darryl grew up in one of Los Angeles's toughest neighborhoods but channeled his energy into basketball and baseball. Strawberry went on to be 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 challenges off the field, including tax evasion, drug use, solicitation, and allegations of domestic assault. His seasons with the Dodgers, Giants, and Yankees were interrupted by suspensions, visits to rehab, treatment for colon cancer, and time in prison. But in , Strawberry's life dramatically changed course. He married and devoted himself to his church and 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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Darryl Strawberry was born in Crenshaw, California. I never cared much for him because I thought he wasted his life but heard him speak on the radio and was impressed and decided to re Darryl Strawberry was a naturally gifted athlete who was rookie of the year, played in 8 all star games, 4 World Series, was an alcoholic drug addicted sex adict.
I never cared much for him because I thought he wasted his life but heard him speak on the radio and was impressed and decided to read his story. Nov 14, Lindsay rated it liked it. I found it depressing to watch Strawberry's long downward spiral from a shy, incredibly talented young baseball player to a chronic drug user and philanderer. As he struggles with drugs and goes through stints under house arrest and finally in prison, it's impossible to believe how many new lows the man can reach.
Straw: Finding My Way by Darryl Strawberry
But I appreciated the opportunity to learn about Strawberry's life and career from his perspective, and his story shows how little the glitzy things - money, sex, fame - really mean in I found it depressing to watch Strawberry's long downward spiral from a shy, incredibly talented young baseball player to a chronic drug user and philanderer. But I appreciated the opportunity to learn about Strawberry's life and career from his perspective, and his story shows how little the glitzy things - money, sex, fame - really mean in the end.
Jan 12, Charles Reimler rated it it was amazing. A "Genuine Committed Christian"! May 25, Neal rated it liked it. Darryl Strawberry was pretty much one of my favorite athletes growing up for a long, long time. I was a huge fan. Being so young, I didn't hear about the off the field troubles of Straw until I was old enough to understand them. I also knew nothing of Strawberry's youth.
This book does a good job of delving into both. Straw acknowledges his many mistakes, and appears to have learned from them.
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Slightly inspirational, openly honest, and an easy enjoyable read. Mar 13, Greg rated it it was amazing. Darryl talks about the demons that haunted him from childhood and the environment that, as a young ball player, was not ready to deal with as a big league ball player. Despite his natural abilities as a baseball player he was able carry his vices and still produce on the playing field.
After battling cancer twice, his off-field vices and serving a prison term he was able to survive and pull himself out of the trenches. Feb 06, Charles Mitchell rated it liked it. An addict and his struggle, with baseball as a back drop. Adult themes presented in simple language with few actual details, simply this happened, that happened prose. Would be mildly uplifting if it wasn't so predictable.
His Wikipedia page would have sufficed. Feb 23, Ed Smith rated it liked it. Since I love baseball and the old Mets of , I find that maybe Darryl is trying to straighten out his life.
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His father beat him up, not good on Darryl's makeup. As he says himself "you must live with the consequences" that you make. Enjoyed the book, he has survived cancer twice I really hope he makes it. One day at a time. Aug 05, Daryl Grigsby added it. Aug 17, Ryan rated it liked it. Avoid this one if you want salacious details of his drug arrests or baseball gossip.
This one's all about the uplift which is good, if you like him.
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Jan 16, Mike Walters rated it really liked it Shelves: The Straw Man was always one of my favorite players to watch growing up. He was also a major part of my baseball card collection. I knew that he had a lot of issues and demons that he fought, but I never understood to what degree until I read this book.
Apr 13, Amy rated it really liked it Shelves: It is unfortunte that as great a ballplayer as Strawberry was, he will forever be known for his antics off the field.