The 1986 Mets were back in New York on Saturday, being honored at Citi Field 30 years after the franchise's last World Series title.
Of course, last year's Mets made it to the World Series and came up short, so that left room for one of the stars of the past to give advice to this year's team about how to get over the hump. Darryl Strawberry had an unusual prescription for success at a press conference before Saturday night's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
"I don't know, maybe they need to get into a couple of fights. You find out then who's tough and who's not," Strawberry said, via the New York Post. "Maybe they need to go to the bar and drink, and get into a couple of fights like we did. Then you realize what you really have.
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"You realize it's a short window, and this will pass you by. Before you know it, it's gone and you'll wish you put it all together as a team. When we look back at [our] team, any writer who was around will tell you this was a great team."
This year's Mets don't have as many of the outsized personalities that populated the 1986 locker room, but they still entered Saturday's game in first place in the NL East, a half-game ahead of the Washington Nationals. Who knew taking it from here to a victory parade in the Big Apple could be as simple as throwing a few punches at a bar?