By Ellis Henican, Dwight Gooden
A bruisingly sincere memoir of dependancy and restoration from one of many maximum pitchers of all time.
With clean and sober eyes, Dwight Gooden stocks the main intimate moments of his successes and screw ups, from never-ending self-destructive drug binges to 3 international sequence jewelry. identified for his triumphs at the baseball box and his excesses off of it, Gooden used to be a soft-spoken, dominating wunderkind who tallied a mountain of strikeouts whereas prime the 1986 bad-boy manhattan Mets to a global sequence win. Even at that top, Gooden had already succumbed to a cocaine dependancy that will short-circuit his occupation and private lifestyles.
Gooden’s tale transcends baseball, from his youth in Tampa raised through a father who used to be an alcoholic womanizer, to the hot event of overcoming his personal demons at the exhibit Celebrity Rehab. alongside the way in which, Gooden deals a special viewpoint on Yankees proprietor and stalwart supporter George Steinbrenner and a few of the best baseball gamers of all time. Doc is the definitive examine a existence equivalent components inspiring and heartbreaking.
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We won our ﬁrst couple games 12–1 and 11–3. When we got on the bus to ride to Dodger Stadium for the championship game, we were so high on ourselves it’s a wonder the bus didn’t ﬂoat off into the sky. We were positive we were the best team in the city. Nothing was going to stop us. All we had to do was beat Granada Hills, an all-white team from the Valley. They looked great, really professional. We were a bunch of black kids from a penny-pinching inner-city school and we were intimidated. I think playing in that gigantic stadium made us selfconscious, too.
All the other kids staring. Out in the hall, the principal said, “Mr. ” We go to see Mr. Hurst. He’s so excited he’s vibrating. But I played it cool. ” he says. ” I mean, I knew I was going to be drafted. The only question was which team. ” Well, that got my attention. “The New York media wants to speak to you on a conference call,” he said, still bubbling over. And we held a press conference right there in his ofﬁce. There’s a TV crew, and they unfurl a Mets jersey for me, and I’m on the tele- 38 / DARRYL STR AWBE RRY phone with a bunch of New York sportswriters.
I sure never had any intention of going to Tennessee. To me, Tennessee was somewhere in the South where no young black man went if he didn’t have to. When it was time to board the plane I kissed my mom good-bye and hugged her and didn’t want to let go. I wanted to tell Roger, “Forget it. Rip up my ticket and the contract. ” I may have been a big, tall, strapping lad, but inside I was one scared little rabbit. I wasn’t any happier when I got there. Kingsport was like a foreign country to me. A very small, very white city.
Doc: A Memoir by Ellis Henican, Dwight Gooden