If you collected baseball cards in '80s like me, you probably remember that one of the most coveted cards was the 1985 Topps Dwight Gooden rookie. If you opened up a pack and saw that card, it was like hitting the lottery. Gooden was the golden phenom of the New York Mets, a 19-year old kid seemingly out of nowhere who dominated the top hitters of his day. He seemed destined for Cooperstown and was a hero of the Mets team that won the 1986 World Series.
Sadly, Gooden's personal demons--drugs and alcohol-- derailed his promising career and he never lived up to that early potential. In Doc: A Memoir, Gooden looks back on his life and career and discusses with disarming frankness his struggles with substance abuse. He provides a window into the crazy life of a professional athlete where easy access to anything under the sun is the norm. It's hard not to like "Doctor K", and it's good to know that he's finally handling his problems with drugs with humility and grace. Give Doc--and¬ Doc¬-- a chance.
Brett @ Central