Resurfaced Photo of Mike Tyson With Derek Jeter’s Brotherly Figure Sees the MLB World Revisit Their Dark Past

Published 01/19/2023, 2:30 PM EST

It’s always fun to see when stars from two different sports come together and watch worlds collide. Sometimes the celebrities are friends off the courts or related to each other. And sometimes they’re fans of the other sport and respect the players. Whatever the reason, fans love watching sports stars from different fields come together. Recently, a re-surfaced photo of boxing legend Mike Tyson and former Mets star Darryl Strawberry has fans in a tizzy.

Mike Tyson, nicknamed “Iron Mike” and “Kid Dynamite” was once known as “The Baddest Man on the Planet” because of his boxing skills. Darryl Strawberry, a baseball legend on the other hand, played in the MLB for 17 seasons and was one of the most-feared sluggers, popular for his home runs. The two athletes were good friends off the court and were seen in more than a few pictures together.

Mike Tyson and Darryl Strawberry pose in a strange photo together


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In a photo shared by Baseball History Nut on Twitter, Strawberry stands holding a baseball bat with his mouth open and eyes closed, as if caught in the photo while talking. Tyson stands beside him, facing the camera, looking rather unenthusiastic to be there. The two are standing in what is probably a baseball field, surrounded by red bleachers and a few other people.


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Along with Doc Gooden, another MLB star, the trio has another famous photograph where Tyson jokingly delivers a right-handed punch to Gooden’s face. And while these stars might be icons when it comes to their professional lives, their private lives were somewhat lacking. Their personal struggles sometimes got in the way of their playing, and fans did not hold back on commenting about that.

Twitter users don’t hold back from referring to the notorious olden days of the athletes

More than their accomplishments, Tyson and Strawberry are perhaps more famous, or infamous, for their bad decisions outside of their sport. One thing both of them had in common was a drug addiction and alcoholism, which sometimes affected their playing. And fans certainly commented on that.


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While it’s always fun for people to see resurfaced photos like these, maybe the stars themselves wouldn’t want to revisit some memories.


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The late 20th century sure had some wild decades. What’s your favorite sports photo from the time?



Arunima Bhanot

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Arunima Bhanot is an MLB writer at EssentiallySports. Having earned an English literature degree from Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi, Arunima has always been interested in writing. She's a fan of archery and was the captain of her college team for two years running. She's an avid reader who also loves photography and travel, and you can find her talking constantly about books and anime on her Instagram!

Edited By: Abhishek Kumar