addiction by August Prum December 21, 2017
Darryl Strawberry, one of the greatest sluggers of the 80s, who battled substance abuse and addiction throughout his career, spoke about another one of his vices while on The Dr. Oz Show.
According to TMZ, Strawberry told Dr. Oz that his sex addiction was such that while he was playing, he would take prospective partners into the clubhouse during games:
“It was pretty crazy. I would go between innings, and stuff like that and run back and have a little party going on. You know, I thought it was pretty cool. That was just the addiction, the drive.”
This isn’t the first time Strawberry has come out with an admission about his sexual activity during baseball games. The former Mets outfielder told Evan Cohen of SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Radio he had an entire operation, including clubhouse attendants helping him orchestrate his trysts:
“Between innings. It worked out well just how crazy it was. It kind of worked out that way. You point (a woman) out and tell the kid (to go get her).”
During his career, Strawberry was suspended three times for violating the MLB substance abuse policy. He’s been outspoken about his demons before, saying God and his wife Tracy saved him from cocaine addiction.
Strawberry became the poster child for drug use derailing a promising career, leaving many wondering what could have been for the endlessly talented Strawberry.
Still, with 8 straight All-Star appearances from 1984-1991, 4 World Series rings, 335 career home runs, and a Rookie of the Year Award, Strawberry did pretty damn well for himself.
As for the issue of sex addiction, it can be easily laughed off and minimized. But for people like Strawberry, who fall into self-defeating and dangerous behavior because of “the drive” as he called it, sex addiction can be a very serious thing.
Shoutout to Strawberry for identifying and exercising his demons. It ain’t easy.