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Under the Dome
Apr 01 2010, 06:17 PM by LoriH65
Even a super star baseball player and one-time Rookie of the
Year feels the pressure of facing the Donald. So much pressure that
decided to walk away. Darryl Strawberry gave in to the
exhaustion he felt from a grueling work schedule on The
Celebrity Apprentice, and the stress of working with some of
the quirkiest celebrities he's ever met. One thing's for
certain: this tough guy doesn't regret quitting.
ON LEAVING THE GAME:
I'm grateful for being on the show. I'm grateful to Mr. Trump for
giving me an opportunity to be on the Celebrity Apprentice. And a
lot of my reasons for leaving the show is just being
exhausted. Of course we're playing for charity, no question
about it. I have a foundation for Children with Autism. And I do
extremely well raising money for children with autism. I just think
I hit a point in the show, and it has been a long year for me. I've
been tremendously busy the whole year. I was on a book tour all
year. I was working in baseball all year with the Mets and I put on
my own golf outing in September every year in New York. So, you
know, I just hit a point where I was totally exhausted. I was
running around and I just had nothing left in the tank. It wasn't
anything personal. It wasn't about quitting.ON NOT WANTING TO THROW ANYONE UNDER THE
I don't think a lot of people would have stepped up.
Everybody has a tendency of throwing each other under the bus
from time to time because nobody wants to leave. So, I'm exhausted.
Michael pulled the team together and we thought we had a pretty
good task and we should have won. And unfortunately we didn't. The
ladies won. So someone has to move on. So in my case I figured I'll
be the one to depart and let the team go forth.ON HIS HEALTH:
I'm totally healthy. No question about it. Everything is well
physically, mentally, emotionally in my life. I just hit a wall of
being run down from a whole year. I think a lot of times you see a
lot of people that are on the show probably haven't had the year I
had.ON ROD BLAGOJEVITCH:
The Governor, who knows what to say about him? I tried to explain
to him this is not a show about telling everybody you're innocent
or not. And I said you're making yourself look crazy on TV, which
is happening because everybody's questioning and asking about it.
Me, I was more of a laid back type of person and, I just
wanted to follow the project manager.
ON WHO HE THINKS IS THE CLEAR-CUT FAVOURITE ON THE WOMEN'S
Well, you know, me personally I always thought Summer Sanders was
the toughest. I love Summer. I think she's very, very bright. She's
a go-getter. She has a great attitude. I was real happy for her
that she won the task because I know what type of person she
is.ON WHETHER HE REGRETS LEAVING THE SHOW:
No. Not at all. If I hadn't been so exhausted, there's no question,
I'd continue to participate in it. I didn't leave with an attitude.
I didn't leave with disliking anyone. I left in good grace for
myself.ON DOING ANOTHER REALITY SHOW:
No. I'm done. That's it. That's all I can do. That's all they'll
get me on is that one there and that was because of Mr. Trump. It
had nothing to do with anybody else.ON SAVING MICHAEL JOHNSON FROM BEING FIRED:
If the project manager really wanted to get fired, he
would throw his own self under the bus. I believe Michael didn't
want to get fired and I believe he did a good job of trying
to keep us together as a group because we had lost the last task.
And I just figured why not me? ON WHAT HE WISHES FOR THE REMAINING
I'd like to wish all of them all the best. Have fun. Try not to be
too hard on each other. And try not to be so much - show too much
drama, you know, in their personalities. Because it makes
celebrities look like they're very high maintenance and it makes
some of the women look like they're just divas and also some of the
guys.ON WHO HE THINKS WAS THE BEST PROJECT MANAGER SO
I would have to say Michael was at the time. Sinbad has the
personality of fun and joking and keep everybody loose with humor.
I think [Michael] focused real hard on what the project should be
about. And he tried to really put it together as well as he could
and keep everybody involved.ON THE DAILY SCHEDULE FOR CELEBRITY APPRENTICE:
You're up early. You're eating breakfast on the go. You're
eating lunch on the go. Everything is on the go. You're on the move
day in and day out. We're all fighting, for a great cause,
which we all support. But it is a grind. And it's not an every day
average thing for a celebrity.ON WHAT HE WOULD HAVE DONE DIFFERENTLY AS PROJECT
If I was chosen project manager, I would have involved
everybody. I wouldn't have ever put anyone to the side about their
opinions. Because I think everybody should be able to have a part.
I think sometimes guys felt left out and I think that's where the