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Darryl Strawberry Suffers Heart Attack a Day to His 62nd Birthday

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Former New York Mets and Yankees baseball legend Darryl Strawberry is currently recuperating at SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital after suffering a heart attack. 

Mets spokesman Jay Horwitz revealed the news on Tuesday, disclosing that Strawberry was struck by the health scare on Monday, just a day before his 62nd birthday. Despite the alarming incident, Strawberry himself took to Instagram to reassure fans, posting a photo from the hospital and expressing gratitude for the swift medical response. 

He credited the medical team at St. Joseph West in Lake St. Louis for their prompt action and successful stent procedure, which he attributes to restoring his heart to full health. Horwitz assured concerned fans that Strawberry, who resides in O’Fallon, Missouri, is currently resting comfortably as he recuperates from the ordeal.

Strawberry’s health scare comes at a poignant time as the Mets plan to honor him by retiring his iconic No. 18 jersey on June 1, following the retirement of Dwight Gooden’s No. 16 on April 14. 

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This gesture acknowledges the pivotal role Strawberry played in leading the team to victory during the 1986 World Series championship. Mets owner Steven Cohen and his wife Alex expressed their good wishes for Strawberry’s speedy recovery and eagerly anticipate his presence at the upcoming jersey retirement ceremony.

During his illustrious career with the Mets from 1983 to 1990, Strawberry established himself as a formidable force on the field, earning seven All-Star selections and clinching the NL Rookie of the Year title in 1983. 

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His contributions to the team were instrumental in their success, solidifying his status as a beloved figure among fans. Across 17 seasons in Major League Baseball, Strawberry showcased his prowess with a batting average of .259, along with an impressive tally of 335 home runs, 1,000 RBIs, and 221 stolen bases.

 His stellar performances extended beyond the Mets, as he also made significant contributions to teams like the Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, and New York Yankees, with whom he clinched three World Series championships.

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Despite his athletic achievements, Strawberry’s career faced numerous challenges due to personal struggles with drug and alcohol addiction, as well as a battle with colon cancer that sidelined him during the 1998 World Series. Nevertheless, his resilience and enduring legacy as a baseball icon continue to inspire fans and fellow athletes alike.

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