Dwight Gooden

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Major League pitcher Dwight Gooden talks about his memoir of his talent, addiction, and recovery. In Doc, the Mets’ beloved Dr. K shares the intimate details of his life and career, revealing all the extraordinary highs and lows: The hidden traumas in his family; the thrill and pressure of being a young baseball phenom in New York; his self-destructive drug binges; and his three World Series rings.


Dwight Gooden

Comments [6]

Richard Williams from Larchmont, NY

It was wonderful to hear this interview. Glad that Dwight Gooden has put focus back in his life.

Jun. 04 2013 12:45 PM
MichaelB from Morningside Heights

Leonard, you completely missed/ignored the poignancy of Mr. Gooden's story about his no-hitter being the last game that he pitched which his father viewed.

You went on to speak about no-hitters in general, instead of what it meant to him for his father to have seen it!

Jun. 04 2013 12:36 PM
John from Bklyn

Dwight Gooden and two teammates were accused of imprisoning and forcibly raping a woman. It was an unproveable “he says” - “she says” case, so charges were dropped.

She was a 31 year-old architect. He was a druggy drunk. A friend of hers wrote an article defending her character in the NY Times Magazine - powerful facts. But “good old Doc” and the Mets’ PR machine fooled most people.

Jun. 04 2013 12:27 PM
RJ from prospect hts

If you start an activity--and work at it intensely--as a child, it will affect your physical development. No guarantee, but he did start very young and so that might have been an influence.

Jun. 04 2013 12:11 PM
antonio from baySide

Does Mr. Gooden think the knack for pitching is analogous to how Jason Kidd just can see the plays unfolding?

Jun. 04 2013 12:10 PM
Rob from Long Island

I just finished the book. its amazing. what a life! his relationships are so.layered and complicated, including the ones with Strawberry, Steinbrenner, and his family. the book only cements what I.knew, bad choices but still a terrific.guy I'd love to hang out with.

Jun. 04 2013 06:09 AM

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