Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Strawberry pens tell-all

Jose Canseco has blown the cover off the steroids era in a couple of books, "Juiced" and the sequel "Vindicated".

Joe Torre has exposed the Yankees and all of the organization's problems in his book, "Yankee Years."

And now, Darryl Strawberry is cashing in on his years with the Mets of the 1980's with his upcoming book, "Straw: Finding My Way".

A couple of excerpts:

We were the boys of summer. The drunk, speed-freak, sneaking-a-smoke boys of summer," Strawberry writes. "(An) infamous rolling frat party . . . drinking, drugs, fights, gambling, groupies.

On beer:
...was the foundation of our alcoholic lifestyle. We hauled around more Bud than the Clydesdales. The beer was just to get the party started and maybe take the edge off the speed and coke.

On the team's mantra:
...tear up your best bars and nightclubs and take your finest women . . . The only hard part for us was choosing which hottie to take back to your hotel room. Lots of times you . . . picked two or three.

My thoughts? Bleh. I can't see this book being any good. Didn't David Wells already write a book on this topic? Half of the stories in these tell-alls seem to be entirely fictional, if not absurdly exaggerated. I find it a bit ironic, too, that he already wrote a book, "Recovering Life", that talks about how he's recovered from this period of his life.

These books inevitably turn into a bunch of barroom stories bragging about how crazy their younger years used to be and usually aren't worth the time required to read them. Though they don't usually take a ton of time to read, because the writers/players often have the intelligence of a ten year old. If you've read either of Canseco's books, or John Daly's "My Life In and Out of the Rough," you know what I'm talking about.

But let's be honest, I'll probably buy it when it hits bookstores in April, if for no other reason than it'll add to my Darryl Strawberry collection. Read more about the book here.

1 comment:

JRJ said...

I saw parts of this written in the Post too. I don't get it. Good call on the Wells book and didn't we just have a "The Bad Guys Won" book come out not long ago?

Between Strawberry, Shamksy, and Alomar I don't know what's going on in Queens.