As Major League Baseball spring training is underway, former Met and Bronx Bomber Darryl Strawberry will be in Lacey for an autograph signing at the Forked River House from 6 to 8 p.m.
Manager Mike Hickey and Chris Burris have been cultivating relationships with professional athletes to bring them to the Lacey restaurant and sports bar.
“We built a very good relationship with many athletes which are very interested in doing autograph signings at the Forked River House,” Hickey said. “We have a great time and all the athletes are fan friendly and super nice to the kids.”
Over the years, Hickey and Burris have had courtside seats with the Nets as well as season tickets for the Jets and Mets, Hickey said. The duo has also built good relationships through charity events.
Known as a slugger for his success in the batter’s box throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, Strawberry helped lead the New York Mets to a World Series Championship in 1986 and the New York Yankees to three championships in 1996, 1998 and 1999. He was in eight All-Star games and was the 1986 Home Run Derby co-winner. After a 17-year career, Strawberry racked up 335 homers, 1,000 RBIs and a .259 batting average.
Strawberry has since been an analyst for SportsNet New York, wrote a memoir, “Straw, Finding My Way” and opened the restaurant Strawberry’s Sports Grill in Queens.
Strawberry, a two-time cancer survivor, is now a motivational speaker as well as an advocate for Action for Autism and Youth Outreach. He also founded “Fight for Autism,” the Darryl Strawberry Foundation.
The Forked River House is booked through April with several autograph signings. Each event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m.
April 2- Howard Johnson, former third baseman, shortstop and outfielder for the Mets, Tigers, Rockies and Cubs.
April 8- Mookie Wilson, former center fielder and a current coach with the New York Mets.
April 26- The Forked River House will be hosting its NFL Draft party with Mark Gastineau, a former New York Jet.