"Connected With...Darryl Strawberry" premieres Sunday at 5:00 p.m

LOS ANGELES, CA - SportsNet LA is the exclusive new 24/7 TV network of the Los Angeles Dodgers that takes fans behind-the-scenes of the team and offers in-depth access into the organization, providing an immersive experience with never-before-seen content and thousands of hours of comprehensive Dodger programming. This Sunday, May 18 at 5:00 p.m. PT following its live coverage of the Dodger game against the Diamondbacks, SportsNet LA will debut "Connected With…Darryl Strawberry." The program will talk to the baseball legend about growing up in Los Angeles, his playing career and his problems off the field during an in-depth interview that touches on all aspects of Strawberry's life.

SportsNet LA play-by-play host Charley Steiner sat down with the slugger and four-time World Series winner to talk about the pressure of playing baseball in New York, coming to Los Angeles and more for the newest episode of SportsNet LA's signature interview series,

An episode preview is available at http://www.sportsnetla.com/shows/connected-with-dodgers.42MB_XJzCjyt.html


Quote excerpts from Strawberry include:

On growing up in Los Angeles and dreaming of playing for the Dodgers: "My sisters laughed at me and they go, 'You're out of your mind.' I said, 'No, this here that I'm watching on TV, these Dodgers, I'm going to play for them some day.'"

On playing in New York: "The pressure of playing in New York is totally different than anywhere else…As I grew as a young man playing in New York, [I realized that] if you cannot deal with the negative, they will run you out of town."

On coming to LA: "Then all of a sudden I got hurt…I hurt myself the next year in my back, and I didn't deal with it well. I didn't cope well. I started spinning off into life…I don't really have anything to hide."

On his substance abuse problems: "I got trapped up in a life that I would hope a young player would never get trapped in - into the drugs of life."

On overcoming his problems: "Over the past three years of my life, there's been a real transformation - that I got a free gift."


"Connected With…" has previously featured Dodger personalities Stan Kasten, Ned Colletti, Tommy Lasorda, Carl Crawford, A.J. Ellis, Andre Ethier, Adrian Gonzalez, Kenley Jansen, Hanley Ramirez and Brian Wilson.

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