NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Friday, October 30, 2015, 7:15 PM
Darryl Strawberry was a member of both the 1986 Mets and the 1996 Yankees, the last two teams to rebound from an 0-2 deficit to win a World Series.
Who better than Straw to ask about the mindset the Mets will need to overcome a similar hole in this year’s Fall Classic against Kansas City.
“The clubhouse has to believe they can win. That’s the thing we always believed. We can win,” Strawberry said on the field during batting practice before Game 3. “Down two-nothing doesn’t mean anything. They just have to play baseball.
“You have to play the fundamental style of baseball. We were down two in ’86 and we went up to Boston and we had Bobby Ojeda pitching and we had Gary Carter come up with some big hits. That’s what it takes. It takes players to step up. That’s just all they need.”
Indeed, Strawberry and the Mets dropped the first two games at home in 1986 before evening the World Series at Fenway Park and eventually winning the crown with wins at Shea Stadium in Game 6 (with an assist to Bill Buckner) and Game 7. The ’96 Yankees similarly dropped the first two games at the Stadium to the Braves before winning the next four games (three in Atlanta).
“Getting to the World Series, you get excited. I think that’s what it was for us (in 1986). We got excited. The first two games we didn’t show up,” Strawberry said. “But we got the butterflies out and after that we just got down to playing baseball again.”
“It depends how you have your mindset go. If your mindset is not focused on ‘those games are over and we must put them behind us and we must come and play the next game and play one game at a time,’ I think that’s the whole key.”
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Strawberry, now 53, added that he’s “really happy” for the Mets to still have a chance for their first World Series title in 29 years.
“This was like home for me,” he said. “This is the organization I started my career in, I grew up in the farm system, and to see some of the young players they have, it excites me again, because that’s what it’s all about. Build through your farm system and bring the young players up and they’ll win for you.
“I’m excited for the Mets. I’m excited they made it to the World Series. I’m excited for their young pitching staff. I don’t follow baseball all that much anymore, but of course, the Mets and the Yankees are New York teams, and I’m a big New York fan. I love everything about New York. This was home for me, from 1980 when I got drafted. So I just hope they play as well as they can, and know that it’s not over until it’s over. “
Asked if being back in Flushing brings back some old memories for him, the eight-time All-Star added, “Of course it does. They’ve been in the World Series once (2000), but it’s about winning. Winning is the most important thing, and hopefully they can win. Hopefully they can understand that they can win, regardless of the circumstances.”
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