By Mike Steffanos
With the news that Daryl Strawberry will not attend the 1986 Mets reunion because of a dispute over deferred money, I'd like to offer Daryl some advice: put your differences aside and just show up.
When Mets fans old enough to remember the '80s think back on Daryl and Doc Gooden, the two young stars that came up together; there is more than a touch of ambivalence to go along with those bittersweet memories. Our pride in your early achievements is counterbalanced by extreme disappointment in how you dissipated your talents. Daryl, you were the Prince of the City in those years, but you didn't value what you had. You left New York behind because of petty squabbles with Mets management, and your career was never the same.
Mets fans have accepted you back as one of their own, despite everything that has gone before. You may think that boycotting this reunion is just a dispute with the Mets, but ultimately this reunion is for the fans. Choosing not to come, after taking part in the Yankees Old Timer's day this year, is a slap in the face to those fans who loved you once and accepted you back. I'm not sure what that means to you, but I can promise you that I will not pay a nickel for anything with your signature on it if you skip this event. Why should you be able to cash in on our feelings for you when they don't matter to you now?
I stay away from telling other people what to do, but I recommend to every other Mets fan that if Daryl boycotts our reunion, we boycott any Strawberry memorabilia or paid appearances.
Newark Star-Ledger: Mets sign Mulvey
Bridget Wentworth reports on the signing of this year's second round pick. She quotes Omar Minaya on what Kevin Mulvey brings to the table:
He has an ability to pitch, he throws strikes and he's a good athlete. And we take into account the person as well. He comes from a good family.
Ability, a competitive edge and a good upbringing. If you have those three components you have a chance to be a major-league player.
Mets.com: Cliff on the DL
Marty Noble reports the Cliff Floyd has gone on the Disabled List again. I have two words, Cliff: Designated Hitter.
Getting Paid To Watch: Daryl
Bob Sikes provides his invaluable insider's view of Strawberry's first messy breakup with the Mets.
Also, to Bob's chastising of the New York tabloids I give a hearty, "Amen, brother!"