Episode #61

Andrew Luck and Dwight Gooden

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Monday, February 17, 2014

In 2012, Andrew Luck was in his final year at Stanford University when he learned he was the top NFL draft pick. Luck, a self-proclaimed nerd, talks with Alec about going from being an unknown high school football hero to replacing his childhood idol, Peyton Manning. Off the field, Luck is passionate about travel, architecture and movies.

Former MLB pitcher Dwight Gooden earned the Rookie of the Year Award in 1984. He was 19 years old with a blistering fastball and a notoriously deceptive curve ball. His outstanding first three years in Major League Baseball were soon replaced by very public battles with alcohol and cocaine which continued for much of his professional career. At 40, Gooden served ten months in a state prison for drug-related charges. That was a decade ago. More recently he published a book, Doc: A Memoir. Gooden watches football now and hasn't touched a baseball or a drink in years.  

Comments [2]

David from Portland

Good show but c'mon Baldwin, stop running over their comments and answers. You never let them finish a sentence. It's not about you man,,, thus the term "interview", shut up and listen.

Nov. 08 2014 02:46 PM
Scott Durham

I’ve been listening to podcasts for a while. Recently I started using a podcast app called Swell. It selects podcasts for me. One of the first ones was “Here’s The Thing”.
My wife and I quit drinking on January 1, 1999 and have remained sober since. We had a group of great friends we ran with. We had many of the most fun things two people can have with these guys but, even though we still love them, we had to give them up. They weren’t and still aren’t drunks and didn’t drink when we weren’t all together but we just kept drinking all the time.
I recently spent a couple of hours with them and while they were drinking I wasn’t tempted. Shortly after that they invited me on a week long reunion fishing trip. I spent all night excited about the trip and how I could do that and not drink since it was no longer a problem for me. In my mind I was trying to figure out how I would do that for a week. It was a puzzle but I really wanted to go.
The very next day I was driving and listened to my first “Here’s The Thing”. It was the Dwight Gooden show. At one point Gooden was talking about after the first time he got straight and how since he was cured he went back to his old friends and how that ended up worse than the first time. Wow! At that moment I felt a coldness flush over my body and immediately felt an overpowering sense of relief as I clearly realized I wasn’t cured and I couldn’t go fishing with them ever again.
It’s weird how life comes at you sometimes and the timing of serendipitous moments. I just wanted you to know that a 20 second piece of your show saved me. Thanks.

Apr. 16 2014 07:31 PM

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