A brutally honest memoir of talent, addiction, and recovery from one of the greatest baseball pitchers of all time. As a shy 19-year-old, Dwight Gooden swept into New York, lifting a team of crazy characters to World Series greatness and giving a beleaguered city a reason to believe. Then he threw it all away.
Now, with fresh and sober eyes, the Mets’ beloved Dr. K shares the intimate details of his life and career, revealing all the extraordinary highs and lows: The hidden traumas in his close-knit Tampa family. The thrill and pressure of being a young baseball phenom in New York. The raucous days and nights with the Mets’ bad boys (and the real reason he missed the 1986 World Series victory parade). The self-destructive drug binges and the three World Series rings. His heartbreaking attempts at getting sober, the senseless damage to family and friends, and the unexpected way he finally saved his life - on VH1’s Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. In Doc, Gooden details his close friendships with many of baseball’s greats: Pete Rose, George Steinbrenner, Joe Torre, and nephew Gary Sheffield. For the first time ever, he reveals the full story of his troubled relationship with fellow Mets superstar Darryl Strawberry. And he tells the moving story of the Yankees no-hitter he pitched for his dying father. Doc is a riveting baseball memoir by one of the game’s most fascinating figures and an inspiring story for anyone who has faced tough challenges in life.
©2013 Dwight Gooden (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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Doc is a refreshing look at the life of one of the greatest young pitchers of all time. I remember his rookie year, the World Series year and I remember the struggles with drugs. I am thankful he took an honest look at himself and presented it in a way that may help others become honest with themselves. Having worked in Substance Abuse Treatment I appreciate how he finally realized that being open and honest made life better. After all, "If you hide nothing, you have nothing to hide."
I picked this up because I like to listen to memoirs occasionally. Wow, this one blew my mind. The story digs deep into the life of an addict. It is a wake-up call to anyone who have given drugs even a tiny thought. Absolutely a wonderful listen.
Audible obsessed lifelong learner.
A truly tragic yet inspiring story of a young man with insane skills on the baseball diamond who has fought his entire life with the demons of addiction to drugs and alcohol. The shattered lives he left in his wake as he sunk deeper and deeper into self destruction was tragic but thankfully he never hit bottom which to Doc is the grave. Here's to Doc as he continues his struggle to slay his demons every day one day at a time.
Terrifying story of extreme talent wasted. Very typical for the 1980's. Sad and yet triumphant in the end. All and all a good story with excellent narration. I will look for more books from this narrator. I wish the best for "Doc" and his children.
I like good books
I love non-fiiction true stories and this was one of the best I've read
That it covered his enttire choldhood to present day
The part where he talked about the world series and the days after
The life of Doctor K
recommend this book to anyone battling with addiction
Great Reader - Story About My Childhood Idol.
His Spiritual Conversion
Doc 'K' Gooden Again Becomes Dwight Eugene Gooden.
I enjoy mysteries, science fiction, Stephen King, and some fantasy novels. Now and again I like a biography and a bit of history. No romance!
Honest, Straightforward, and talented.
Naturally, I enjoyed Dwight Gooden. This was his story after all. But his father was a very interesting part of his life and his character was a very close second for me. If Dwight Gooden has been raised by anyone else, I wonder if he would have had the career that he did.
I like the performance very much. The emotional tone was just right throughout the book.
Often you pick up a book by a famous person and you are treated to a tale of their successes and the good things they have done. This book was a combination. Dwight Gooden didn't make excuses for his life. He was very honest about it. He didn't lay blame on others or try to rationalize his actions. I respect him for taking responsibility for his life and for telling his story. I enjoyed his skill as a pitcher and I'm a baseball fan but for me the most impressive thing the man has done is be open about his problems with drugs and alcohol. I respect that.
Yes, it was a nice change from my usual fiction books.
Loved his voice.
Yes! but that wasn't going to happen! Did not want it to end.
ZEN. LDS. GTD. FTW.
I was a big fan of Doctor K growing up. Man, he was inspiring on the mound. He had NASTY stuff. During his prime, I don't think there was a more feared pitcher in baseball history. Gooden suddenly appeared on the scene and was tearing up the MLB...
and then he faded away. I don't know how else to explain it.
The (audio)book is the same. It starts strong and kept me listening for a few hours, but his experiences in the major league and the excitement he stirred up wasn't captured in the book. By the way Gooden tells it, you'd never know he dominated baseball as he did.
Maybe Gooden is too humble, but it came off as flat. Them were the days.
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