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.
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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.
This was an excellent book. I love baseball, although I'm more of a Yankee than a Mets fan; it was still interesting to hear all of the familiar names mentioned and to learn interesting tidbits abut the players and their lifestyles. I knew that Dwight had gone through some difficult times, but I had no idea of the extent of it until I listened to this book. I often wonder how people who seem to have it all - talent, money, fame, friends, and family - can throw it all away on alcohol and/or drugs. His story helped me to understand how it can happen and the power that addiction has over someone. I was happy that the book ended on such a positive note and hope that he continues with the positive changes in his life! The narrator was good and easy to listen to.
Born in Ohio, lived in California, Alaska, and now Texas
This book is about Doc's life, mostly in baseball, but also outside of baseball. It's really a lesson about the perils of addiction. I wouldn't claim that Doc was "defensive", he does admit to many mistakes. But he caused so much pain, particularly to all his children from many different women. So many people tried to help him, but he let them down on every occasion and just threw away his immense baseball talent. It's hard to feel sorry for him.
I've been a huge fan of the Mets since I was young. I had the pleasure to meet Daryl Strawberry at my church in 2013 and was wondering how Dwight Gooden was doing. This book made me feel connected to his life, both the successes and the failures. This was a good listen, I never felt like stopping the book.
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