Baseball great Darryl Strawberry to speak at Richmond church Sunday

Baseball great Darryl Strawberry set to speak at Richmond church Sunday

Baseball great Darryl Strawberry is scheduled to speak during two services at Bay Hills Community Church in Richmond on Sunday.

The services are free to the public.

The retired slugger, who now runs Strawberry Ministries, will tell his story of professional glory and personal struggle at the church at 4100 Klose Way in Hilltop, a church official told us Thursday. He will speak at both the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. services.

Strawberry played 17 seasons in Major League Baseball during the 1980s and 1990s, winning a championship with the New York Mets, three more with the Yankees and earning eight trips to the All Star game. While he may best be known for his sweet swing, Strawberry is also famous for his off-field struggles. He has had widely publicized battles with substance abuse, legal problems and cancer.

Strawberry says re-focusing his time and energy on his faith helped save him from a downward spiral during which he and his third wife, Tracy, “lost it all” in 2003, plummeting into financial debt.  Tracy similarly struggled with addiction but the couple says they both found “true redemption and restoration in Jesus Christ.” Both are now ordained ministers and authors of the book, The Imperfect Marriage. They travel extensively preaching about their faith and sharing their stories.