Strawberry confirms bizarre decapitated cat story from Mets days

Darryl Strawberry speaks to the media about Gary Carter at the Gary Carter Memorial Tribute in Palm...

Darryl Strawberry speaks to the media about Gary Carter at the Gary Carter Memorial Tribute in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida February 24, 2012. (REUTERS/Andrew Innerarity)

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One of baseball's most gruesome urban legends has been given credence by former major-league outfielder Darryl Strawberry.

Appearing on HuffPost Live Tuesday, Strawberry confirmed ex-New York Mets teammate Kevin Mitchell decapitated a cat during an argument with his girlfriend.

"That's a pretty good story. I think it's pretty accurate. Kevin Mitchell did do that," Strawberry said.

"He was a different type of guy. Super teammate, great guy, great person ... I guess he figured that the girlfriend was acting a little crazy, so I'll kill her cat."

Strawberry added: "That's a normal day in the Mets locker room back in those days, the '80s. That was pretty normal with the kind of guys we had."

The tale was first told in Dwight Gooden's 1999 autobiography "Heat". Mitchell has disputed the story ever since.

All three men were Mets teammates in 1984 and 1986.

Strawberry, 52, was on the show with his wife, Tracy, to promote their new book, "The Imperfect Marriage: Help for Those Who Think It's Over".​


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