Wednesday, April 16, 2008

DJ Strawberry Has a Famous Dad

Did you know that DJ Strawberry (2003-07) is the son of former major league baseball star Darryl Stawberry? It's true! The Arizona Republic wrote a story about DJ and his famous father this month.

OK, so seriously, they actually do cover a lot of new ground other than the standard "DJ Strawberry is Darryl's son" retread cookie-cutter feature story elements, and it's a good read, so click on the link and read the whole thing. Here's some of the highlights from the story:

But D.J. — who uses the name his family has always called him — stopped trying to run from the embarrassment long ago. He embraces the relationship and the tag that it always will bring him.

"Everybody says I look like my dad," said the Phoenix Suns rookie guard, who played college basketball for Maryland.

He just wouldn't mind being known as Lisa Watkins' son and Virginia Andrews' grandson, too. He might be the spitting image of his dad and benefited from those genes, but the women raised him, talked to him daily and visited him frequently. [...]

The Suns might have benefited from Darryl's sordid background. D.J. nearly went undrafted until Phoenix selected him at No. 59. During the pre-draft screening, teams constantly asked about drugs and off-court behavior, even though D.J. had never been in trouble.

"That's not fair," Darryl said. "He shouldn't have been labeled for that, because he has nothing to do with my life.

The same Arizona Republic writer also has a story about how DJ is hoping to improve his game, learning from his rookie year experience and getting better over the summer.

"I've learned a lot about the game, how to be a professional and how long the season is," Strawberry said.

"You hear about the rookie wall, but you don't know it until you feel it. It came to a point where I was tired every day. I didn't feel like going to the gym and working out, but it's my job. I pushed through it, and it made me better in the end."

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