As Mets fans push through October by remembering the 1986 playoffs, Dwight Gooden will share his memories of both the on-field and off-field experiences on ESPN’s tremendous program E60 tonight at 8 PM. The interview is by Jeremy Schaap, so you know it will be good.
Sadly, the stories he has to tell are, as most of you know, battles with addiction as completely has they are battles against the Cardinals, Astros and Red Sox. For one thing, Gooden apparently missed the 1986 World Series parade due to a night pursuing crack.
You simply couldn’t have convinced me back in the 1980s that this would be Dwight Gooden’s legacy. Among pitchers in the 1980s with at least 1,000 innings pitched, he was second in ERA+ to Roger Clemens with a mark of 132. He was fifth in K/9 at 8.14. His 100 wins placed him 27th- but he didn’t even get started until 1984. From 1984-1989, he only trailed Frank Viola. And as the 1990s dawned, he was just turning 25.
Here’s hoping for the best for Doc going forward. It hasn’t gone to plan so far.