Former Major League Baseball All-Star, Darryl Strawberry, whose legendary play on the field was coupled with a well-chronicled battle with addiction and legal problems in his personal life, said he is no longer the man he was before and that his top priority is leading people to Jesus Christ. He is now an ordained minister leading a wide-ranging ministry, including Christian-based recovery programs.
“I’m over ‘Strawberry,'” he told USA Today Sports in his first interview with the media since becoming a preacher and ministry leader three years ago. “I’m over Mets. I’m over Yankees. I don’t want to exist as Darryl Strawberry, the baseball player.
“People don’t understand that’s no longer you. I’m not a baseball player, anymore. That person is dead.
The mission statement for Strawberry Ministries reads, “Restoring lives and Relationships through the power of God and the process of change.” He is an ordained minister according to his ministry’s website.
Strawberry’s quotes to USA Today Sports reflected the Scripture highlighted by his ministry, Romans 12:2, “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”
“I love that I was a great player, and won championships, and did all these great things, but I was always more driven. I knew there had to be more than just putting on a uniform and hitting grand slams and making millions of dollars,” he told USA Today.
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