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Dwight Gooden: It's Was A Time To Remove That Mask

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"I felt that now was the time to basically remove that mask". That mask was denial and former Major League baseball player Dwight Gooden talked to Tony and Maria about his battle with drugs and alcohol.

Gooden says writing his new book "Doc: A Memoir" helped him come to terms with his addiction and deal with the pain. He also talks about how his problems tainted what should have been his best memory in the big leagues: winning the 19-86 World Series with the Mets. Gooden also credits a reality show for being the turning point in his life and keeping him sober for two years now.

Fun facts about Dwight:

  • He was one of the most dominant and feared pitchers in the National League in the middle and late 1980s.
  • Gooden made his major-league debut on April 7, 1984 with the New York Mets at the age of 19.
  • He quickly developed a reputation with his 98 MPH fastball and sweeping curveball, which was given the superlative nickname of "Lord Charles", in contrast with "Uncle Charlie", a common nickname for a curveball.
  • When he took the mound in the fifth inning on July 10, 1984, Gooden became the youngest player to appear in an All-Star Game.
  • Gooden retired in 2001 after he was cut by the Yankees in spring training, ending his career with a record of 194–112. More than half of those wins came before age 25.

(Source: Wikipedia)

Doc: A Memoir is out now, click the Amazon.com link to purchase. Follow Dwight on Twitter: @docgooden16

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