Friday, January 8, 2010

First Pitch Guest Speaker: Darryl Strawberry announces the improbable selection of Darryl Strawberry as the featured speaker at MU Baseball's First Pitch Celebration.

Former Major League Baseball player Darryl Strawberry will be the guest speaker at Mizzou Baseball's First Pitch Celebration, which is set for Jan. 15 at the Holiday Inn Select Executive Center. The festivities will begin at 7 p.m. with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for the event can be purchased for just $20.

During his 17-year career, Strawberry won World Series Championships with the New York Mets (1986) and New York Yankees (1996, 1998 and 1999). An eight-time All-Star, he was the 1983 National League Rookie of the Year and won the Silver Slugger Award twice.

For those wondering how a connection was made to bring Strawberry to speak at Mizzou, even though he is not an MU alum (or an alum of any college), this note from his Wikipedia entry shows a regional connection:
He now resides in St. Charles County, Missouri with his wife Tracy whom he
married in October 2006. He met Tracy, his third wife, in a drug recovery
convention and the two have founded "The Darryl Strawberry Foundation," an
organization dedicated to children with autism.

After you've met him in person at the First Pitch Celebration, you can watch him on TV, since he has agreed to be a contestant on the next Celebrity Apprentice season.

For an example of Strawberry as a public speaker, check out this YouTube video.

The story also includes a partial list of items to be included in the silent auction, including signed jerseys from Ian Kinsler and Max Scherzer and Stan Musial.

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