An hour after explaining, "I don't throw anymore. I have to cheat," Strawberry proved it. From 55 feet, he easily reached ceremonial catcher HoJo with a the kind of pitch he wouldn't have liked -- high and tight to a lefty hitter. But the pitch was thrown at the speed of a Livan Hernandez changeup.
Strawberry, dressed to the nines as always, except for the uniform top he wore -- 18 is a multiple of nine -- seemed to revel in his new role as senior statesman.
The loudest jeers, not surprisingly, were for Oliver Perez and -- more good-naturedly -- Mets trainers Ray Ramirez and Mike Herbst.