Mets Legend Hernandez Visits Douglaston Establishment
On December 18, Strawberry’s Bar and Grill in Douglaston hosted Mets first baseman Keith Hernandez who stopped by to sign autographs for a capacity crowd. Mets fans from as far away as Connecticut came to the event. The crowd, allowed into the restaurant by reservation only, continuously poured in from 6 to 8 p.m. Those dedicated Mets fans without a reservation, waited patiently outside despite temperatures that dropped to around 32 degrees. Co-owned by Mets outfielder Darryl Strawberry and Eytan Sugerman, the restaurant opened last August and routinely has special appearances by Strawberry, who occasionally brings some of his old teammates by to have a drink, shake hands and sign an autograph or two. “It’s great to be here,” Hernandez said. “My friend Darryl has a real nice place here.” Strawberry was not in attendance because of prior engagements in St. Louis, where he was hosting a Toys for Tots charity event at his local church. Michael Strawberry, Darryl’s brother, was thrilled at the huge turnout for Hernandez. “There’s a lot more people here tonight than we anticipated, and I’m really surprised that people were able to take a break from their busy holiday season to come here and join the fun,” he said. New Yorkers and Mets fans alike fondly remember Hernandez and Strawberry who were part of the 1986 World Series winning team. Patrons who stayed for dinner and purchased an entrée received raffle tickets. The winning prize was a baseball glove personally signed by Hernandez. “It’s an exciting night for Mets fans and an exciting night for the people of Queens,” Sugerman said.