Dwight Gooden admits he should be dead, but he says he’s not, because he’s here for a purpose.
At 19 years old, the youngest starting pitcher in Major League Baseball’s history, he went on to win three World Series rings, was named Rookie of the year and received the Cy Young Award. He was one of the most feared pitchers in all of baseball. But he was most afraid of himself.
“I snorted some cocaine, and it was love at first sniff,” he writes in his new book, "Doc: A Memoir." It was a long love affair that started in 1985 costing him his career, his family, his fortune, his name and almost his life.
In 1986 the night the Mets won the World Series, he says he was so coked out on drugs and booze that he missed the team’s ticker tape parade where thousands of cheering fans filled the streets in a wild celebration as the team went down the “Canyon of Heroes,” a stretch of Lower Manhattan where America’s greatest of the greats are celebrated.
In his memoir he remembers, “I was alone in myRead More »from Dwight Gooden: Cheating Death and Learning to Live Again