It’s been almost 30 years since Darryl Strawberry signed an ill-fated contract with the Dodgers, but he’s still not done talking about it. The now 58-year-old Strawberry made comments about Los Angeles fans on an interview with SNY.
The fans are so different in New York than LA. LA fans come late and leave early. New York fans come early and never leave. They wait until the end of the game, whether you win or lose, and I was used to that.
To be fair, Strawberry has a little bit of a point in the sense that Dodgers fans have a reputation for leaving games early. But you try getting in and out of Dodger Stadium during a weekend game and tell me that you don’t want to leave an inning early during a blowout. He didn’t stop there though, Strawberry just thought fans in New York were better in general.
They want you to get better and that’s what I love about playing in New York. It was heartbreaking leaving the Mets and that was the biggest mistake I really ever made in my career was leaving New York to go play in LA.
We can pretend it was the fans and Dodgers that ruined those three years for Darryl Strawberry, but we all know the truth. He couldn’t stay healthy and addiction problems made him a below-average player for the rest of his career after he left Los Angeles. Regardless of how fans treat you, it’s hardly them to blame for his fall from grace.
After his time with the Mets and Dodgers, Strawberry went on to pay for the Yankees and Giants. He never made another All-Star team after Los Angeles, and barely managed to put up respectable numbers. But sure man, blame the Dodgers fans.