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  • Posted September 29, 2013

    I suspect that a number of baseball fans, especially those of th

    I suspect that a number of baseball fans, especially those of the Mets and Yankees, will pick up a copy of Dwight Gooden's autobiography. If they are expecting a lot of behind-the-scene stories of those teams and of baseball – they will be disappointed. If they are looking for a story of the life of the famed pitcher, most of it occurring off the mound, then they may appreciate the work.

    I am a baseball fan, and as such was disappointed at the lack of space devoted to Gooden's baseball career. However, I also realize that so much of what the man is known for occurred off the field, and that is what a good deal of the autobiography covers. The arrests. The rehabs – especially his stint on Celebrity Rehab (3 chapters). His (lack of) family life.

    I was disappointed … but once I opened my mind and embraced the book for what it was rather than what I wanted it to be, I enjoyed it a lot more. Perfect? No. Adequate? More than yes.

    Rating: 3 1/2 stars, rounded up to 4. Please note that I received a copy of this book free of charge without obligation, although there was a request to post a review upon completion.

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  • Posted July 6, 2013

    Doc Gooden was an awesome player. He made me a fan of baseball.

    Doc Gooden was an awesome player. He made me a fan of baseball. His story is incredibly sad but it shows the power of human triumph. 

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  • Posted June 26, 2013

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    This almost surprisingly read-able and engaging new book tells a

    This almost surprisingly read-able and engaging new book tells a tale well-known to almost every New York baseball fan, and probably even to those not in either of those categories. In the books opening pages, Dwight Gooden says, in words difficult to dispute: “You’d have to look hard to find another young athlete in any sport who had risen so high so quickly and then fallen so hard. Too much, too fast, too young.”

    As a devoted baseball fan since the days of the Brooklyn Dodgers, and ardent Mets fan for the past 27 years, I clearly remember thinking, when “Doc” Gooden first came up to join the major league baseball team, “these guys have everything thrown at them: money, women, more of both than they can possibly know how to handle, and they’re just too young to be able to deal with it all.” Although certainly not the first, that was certainly the case with the author, who in 1984 at 19 became the youngest starting pitcher in MLB history, was Rookie of the Year and recipient of the Cy Young Award. The book opens with a wallop and mostly doesn’t slow down from there, chronicling as it does the highs and lows of those years, starting with his incredible rookie season when the Mets won it all, but including suspensions for drug use and a jail term after a conviction for endangering the welfare of a minor (his youngest child at the time).

    I have to say that just past the half-way mark, for me, the cycle of addiction, followed by regret/repentance/recovery and then back again, got somewhat repetitive, as it did in Doc’s life. (One can only imagine how similarly his loved ones felt at the time.) He says of cocaine: “It was love at first sniff,” and of himself: “We were aggressive young men with money in our pockets and testosterone to burn.” When he left the Mets, at age 30, he was the father of 6 [with three different women] of his now 7 children. Always close to his parents, he was unable, for a long time, to provide that closeness to his own children, something he is now doing his best to compensate for. Doc also discusses his relationship with and feelings (ambivalent at best) about Darryl Strawberry, 2 years older than him and Rookie of the Year in 1983.

    The book is very interesting, and is recommended.

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