In October, the 200+ men at the NY Metro regional retreat were treated to hear legendary MLB Hall of Famer Darryl Strawberry kick off the retreat with a stirring personal testimony of the power of God in his life. The former outfielder for the Mets, Dodgers, Giants and Yankees spoke honestly about his struggles with multiple addictions, childhood hurts and his pursuit of earthly pleasure.
Darryl’s accomplishments and awards on the baseball field made him wealthy and famous, while his equally well known run ins with the law and destructive behaviors derailed his life. He shared how several NCS men played a pivotal role in his life-changing encounter with Jesus.
Strawberry challenged the packed to capacity room to be there for each other. He said, “Don’t give up on anyone. If people had given up on me, I wouldn’t be standing here today. My mother prayed for me and my wife pulled me out of dope houses 17 years ago.”
At 57, Darryl is now ordained minister and cancer survivor, he emphasized the importance of getting real with another brother that can help you. “We’re living in a time where it’s very broken and lonely for a lot of people, and I’ve been in recovery for a long time and I’ve never seen so many people addicted like they are today,” said Strawberry. “I didn’t come here to talk about baseball and the championships…all that stuff means nothing, when I look at people ruining their lives and dying it breaks my heart.”
Strawberry added, “We have a serious problem in America today, and it’s going to take people like you and like me to start getting involved in each other’s lives.”
Longtime NCS member and Fairfield chapter leader Wiley Mullins caught up with Darryl to talk further. That interview can be seen here: https://vimeo.com/382848638