Former New York Mets and Yankees star, Darryl Strawberry will make his way to the Capital Region to speak about the dangers of drug abuse and addiction. Strawberry has written several books on addiction recovery.

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While the 8-time All Star is here, he will stop by the Tri City Valley Cats game to throw out the first pitch and a link for game tickets is at the bottom of the article.

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According to a release by Rensselaer County, Strawberry will be guest speaker at the county's Heroin Coalition meeting on June 1st. “Rensselaer County is invested and worked to beat back the scourge of drug addiction in county. We are excited to have an outstanding baseball star like Darryl Strawberry joining us to speak of his struggles and show there is a way to battle and win against addiction,” said County Executive Steve McLaughlin. The former National League Rookie of the Year for the New York Mets has a well-documented history with drugs and alcohol addiction and now travels the country trying to help.

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Strawberry play 17 years in the MLB. He was a member of the 1986 Mets World Series team and won three more with the Yankees. The left-handed slugger's career was plagued with drug and alcohol. In 2002, Strawberry spent 11-months in jail, seemingly his rock-bottom. "This important partnership with Rensselaer County will bring further awareness to the opioid epidemic," said ValleyCats Vice President & General Manager, Matt Callahan. "The Rensselaer County Heroin Coalition continues to play a key role in addressing this crisis in our community and we are happy to support those efforts."

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Darry Strawberry will throw out the first pitch at the ValleyCats game that evening on June 1st. Get there early. It is a 6:30 pm start time and the Valley Cats expect the ceremonial first pitch to be at approximately 6:15 pm. For tickets to the ValleyCats click here.

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