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Darryl Strawberry confirms Kevin Mitchell decapitated girlfriend’s cat

Kevin Mitchell MetsDarryl Strawberry says that notorious urban legend about Kevin Mitchell is actually true.

Doc Gooden in his 1999 book “Heat” wrote that his former New York Mets teammate Mitchell once decapitated his girlfriend’s cat during an argument. Mitchell has denied the accusation, saying in 2009 that Gooden made up that story.

Now, Strawberry, who was an All-Star on the ’86 World Series-winning Mets that also featured Doc and Mitchell, says the story is true.

Straw was on HuffPost Live Tuesday along with his wife to talk about their new book “The Imperfect Marriage: Help For Those Who Think It’s Over,” and was asked about the Mitchell story.

“That’s a pretty good story. I think that’s pretty accurate,” Strawberry told host Marc Lamont Hill. “Kevin Mitchell did do that. Kevin Mitchell, he’s a different type of guy. Great guy. Super teammate. Great person — (but) he was from San Diego and he was affiliated with gangs quite a bit, and I guess he figured his girlfriend was acting a little crazy so he thought, ‘I’ll kill her cat.’ ”

Sounds like a swell guy. Mitchell was traded by the Mets after ’86 and he believed they considered him to be a wild guy and bad influence on Gooden and Strawberry.

“In New York, they used me as a scapegoat for them,” Mitchell said to the NY Daily News in 2009. “I was the bad seed, they said.”

Perhaps the decapitation story was the final straw for the Mets. Or maybe that’s just when things came to a head. Because after that, the cat was out of the bag on Mitchell.

We have the passage from Doc’s book pasted below (via Snopes). The language is offensive, but the story is intense and well worth your time. Doc includes so many details the story has to be true. Either that, or he was tripping on some acid.

Head to Page 2 to read the passage from Doc’s book.

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Darryl Strawberry: Voice of Reason

It’s too bad I wasn’t unleashed on this Earth until Straw’s rookie season because from what I’ve been told, he was a pretty darn good ballplayer. By the time I began to understand anything about anything, Strawberry was just a coked-out flame-out the Dodgers were trying to resurrect (ditto the Yankees later on). Anyway, Darryl Strawberry’s moved on to do what every forgotten star does when they’re hard up on cash (and I don’t mean sell a spare kidney) — he’s written a tell-all book soon to drop. Straw was also a guest instructor at Yankees spring training and offered these words of wisdom about steroids:

“Hell yeah I would have used them,” Strawberry said. “Are you kidding me? I mean, c’mon. Some things are part of what athletes go through and they happen …We’re competitive creatures, and we have tremendous drive, a high tolerance, all these things. I’m not saying that it was the right thing to do. But if that was going on in the 80s, that probably would have been in my system too.”

Glad to know that Straw’s still a heavy proponent of drug use. Actually, it’s even better to know that he’s out there at Yankee spring training and still alive. Between the colon cancer, the kidney surgery, the lymph node cancer, and god knows what else he’s put in his body, it’s a miracle he’s still well. Those Steinbrenners sure are a loyal bunch. Let’s just hope he’s not advising the Yankees to do what he said in that quote.