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Doc: A Memoir | [Dwight Gooden, Ellis Henican]

Doc: A Memoir

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.
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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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    triciaimel Frisco, tx, US 07-21-14
    triciaimel Frisco, tx, US 07-21-14 Member Since 2012
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    "very touching and powerful"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it was a nice change from my usual fiction books.


    What about J. D. Jackson’s performance did you like?

    Loved his voice.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes! but that wasn't going to happen! Did not want it to end.


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    Jason Comely 06-23-14

    ZEN. LDS. GTD. FTW.

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    "Started strong, then burned out"

    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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    Stephany 06-22-14
    Stephany 06-22-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Not my typical choice"
    Any additional comments?

    I'm an avid reader. While this wouldn't be my choice for the full price, it was worth the $3.95. Dwight Gooden doesn't tell all the little secrets of baseball but does give a little insight on his downfalls.

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    Stephanie Pasadena, CA 91105 06-18-14
    Stephanie Pasadena, CA 91105 06-18-14 Member Since 2014
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    "ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL ATHLETE FALLS FROM GRACE-DRUGS"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    No because it was his life story. Recommend getting to the point, instead of giving play by play of too many baseball games. Mentioned almost all his team-members on an ongoing bases. This took away from his story, which was about addiction, tolerance that athlete's are given by EVERYBODY, and HIS ABUSE OF HIS OWN FAMILY THAT HE SWEARS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO HIM.

    He did not treat his family with love and respect.

    I WAS ANGRY READING THE ENTIRE BOOK!
    HE COMES ACROSS AS "POOR ME", INSTEAD OF ACTING LIKE A REAL GROWN UP.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Dwight Gooden and Ellis Henican ? Why or why not?

    No, because I get so tired of these athletes given special treatment from 18 years +, and no matter how much they screw-up their lives, they have a BUILT IN SAFETY NET. They never live in the REAL WORLD, like the rest of us.
    Even the legal system gave him breaks that they would have NEVER GIVEN ANY OTHER BLACK MAN IN THESE UNITED STATES.


    What three words best describe J. D. Jackson’s voice?

    Not focused on the voice. Being read to with clarity.

    I WAS ANGRY LISTENING TO THE ENTIRE BOOK.


    Did Doc inspire you to do anything?

    NO! he was allowed to be great, have lots of kids that he never took care of on a day-to-day basis, but continued to say how much he loved them. HOW?? You were not present in their lives.
    He ALWAYS had someone come to his rescue and NEVER GAVE BACK TO HIS BLACK COMMUNITY.
    LIKE MOST, HE CAME ACROSS AS THE VICTIM, AND CONTINUED TO BE SELFISH, SELF-CENTERED AND SELF-ABSORBED. EVERYONE, INCLUDING JUDGES HELD HIM IN HIGH ESTEEM BECAUSE HE COULD THROW A BASEBALL.

    I got tire of him constantly talking about the details of so many games and player names.

    We need to focus on education of young black men in this country and stop using them.
    I am not even convinces he loved baseball.

    It is frustrating because the rest of us do not have expensive an attorney, a franchise backing, women willing to look the other way, and a support system that makes sure you land in nice "DIGGS/CAR", WHEN YOU GOT OUT!


    Any additional comments?

    I no longer read the printed versions of books since I found Audible.com.
    Audible.com provides an alternative for those of us that want to read, but are not very good at the comprehension, or focus. therefore, rarely finish the printed version....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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