Darryl Strawberry isn’t feeling the love from the Mets.
Strawberry ripped the Mets on Tuesday, saying that the organization has mistreated players on the 1986 World Series championship team, while praising the crosstown rival Yankees and late owner George Steinbrenner.
“[Steinbrenner] was probably the greatest owner there ever will be in sports, because he loved people and he loved his players,” Strawberry said on WABC 770’s Bernie & Sid Show. “Anyone that put on that Yankee uniform was family to him. He doesn’t turn his back on his players, like the other organization across town.”
Strawberry, who was in studio to promote his new book “Don’t Give Up On Me,” played for the Mets from 1983-90 and the Yankees from 1995-99. He said that players on the Mets’ 1986 championship team “don’t even deal with the Mets.”
“It’s not Fred Wilpon, it’s the new thing,” he continued, presumably referring to general manager Sandy Alderson’s regime. “We’ve never been back. I never want to go back. I would rather stay with the Yankees than ever deal with the Mets.”
The Mets brought back the 1986 team, including Strawberry, for a 30-year anniversary celebration last summer.
Strawberry pointed to Ray Knight and Gary Carter as instances of players who he felt were wronged by the Mets organization. Knight distanced himself from any Mets affiliation after the team did not re-sign him following the 1986 season, but ended that exile last year. Carter managed several Mets minor-league teams but never was given a shot to manage the MLB club before his death in 2012.
“It hurts us,” Strawberry said. “It hurts what they’ve done to the players I’ve seen, what they did to Ray Knight, what they did to Gary Carter. It really hurts, what they did. And those were key players that gave so much. They laid their life out for the organization on the field and the fans in the years we played.”
Meanwhile, Strawberry was very appreciative of Steinbrenner for giving him a second chance with the Yankees following several drug-related issues.
“He was a father,” Strawberry said of Steinbrenner. “He was a father to the hopeless. He would go get players that nobody else would touch. He just loved us. He was different, different than anybody I ever experienced.”