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Darryl Strawberry opening Queens eatery

Darryl Strawberry reacts after throwing out the first pitch at the New York Mets opening day Major League Baseball game against the Florida Marlins at Citi Field in New York, Monday, April 5, 2010. ((AP Photo/Kathy Willens))

July 30, 2010 6:41:22 AM PDT
Darryl Strawberry is hoping to hit a home run with a new venture: a New York City restaurant with baseball-themed fare like Grand Slam appetizers.

The former Yankees and Mets slugger says Strawberry's Sports Grill will open in Queens - home of the Mets - next Thursday.

He plans to take an active role, even serving as waiter sometimes.

The grill will feature his 1983 Mets jersey, when he was the NL Rookie of the Year, and his Shea Stadium locker.

Drugs and legal troubles derailed his career, but the eight-time All-Star remains popular with many Mets fans as one of the players who led the team to the 1986 World Series title.

He will be inducted into the team's Hall of Fame this weekend.


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