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Doc: A Memoir by [Gooden, Dwight, Henican, Ellis]
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"Gooden says he has been sober for over two years: ‘It’s a tough, relentless battle that I’m facing…but I am as well-armed as I can be.’ That directness, rarely seen in athlete-penned memoirs, distinguishes this book."—Publishers Weekly

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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 nineteen-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 Streinbrenner, 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.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 309 pages
  • Publisher: Amazon Publishing (June 4 2013)
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  • Language: English
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HASH(0xa8da7174) out of 5 stars Doc, a Memoir," is an Honest Account of a Baseball Superstar, Fame and Fortune, and his Slide into Addiction May 9 2013
By R. Angeloni - Published on Amazon.com
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Disclaimer: I am a long time New York Mets fan who remembers, very clearly, watching Dwight Gooden pitch for the Mets beginning in the 1984 season. Like many long-suffering fans, I was anxious to see players like Gooden, Darryl Strawberry, Keith Hernandez, and Gary Carter lead the Mets to success as they developed strong teams the latter part of the decade, winning the World Series in 1986 and making the playoffs again in 1988. Dwight Gooden was a big reason for the Mets success, as he won the Rookie of the Year Award and Cy Young Award his first two years in the majors, and winning the "Triple Crown" for pitchers in 1985 as he led the league in wins, earned run average, and strikeouts.

Much has happened to Gooden since that championship year; the downward slide into alcohol and drug addiction, broken marriages, numerous arrests and run-ins with the police, and, most recently, induction into the Mets Hall of Fame and a stint on Dr. Drew's "Celebrity Rehab" television show.

In "Doc, A Memoir," Gooden, along with co-author Ellis Henican, detail the baseball star's life, from his somewhat wild upbringing in Tampa, Florida (as a five-year-old he witnessed his sister being shot by her husband), to being recognized as a pitching prodigy as a youngster, his entry into the major leagues at age 19, his successes on the field as well as numerous disappointments off of it.

Baseball fans familiar with Gooden's history will not be surprised by the content in this book. Gooden spares us none of the details and writes honestly about the pitfalls of dealing with fame, drinking, and drugs, and he is very clear that his dependencies cost him a shot at the baseball Hall of Fame. This is not really a baseball book (although baseball, which is a big part of his life, is the ongoing narrative) he does cover his time with the Mets and Yankees, as well as the brief stints he had with the Indians, Tampa Bay Rays, and Houston Astros.

I certainly enjoyed "Doc, A Memoir" and would recommend it, even if I was not a baseball fan or a fan of the New York Mets. The book is easy to read, and Gooden has a compelling story to tell. Throughout the book, I found myself constantly rooting for him to succeed, and certainly hope he is able to overcome his addictions and lead a normal life. The book also reminds us of what happens to many star athletes who are pushed into the limelight at such an early age, how our society coddles these athletes, and how easy it is for them to consistently choose the wrong path.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa8da7b1c) out of 5 stars Dwight Gooden's DOC Is Just What Is Needed to Help You Get On Track May 20 2013
By Cyrus Webb - Published on Amazon.com
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When it comes those in the public eye they are not only an example of what type of success is possible but also how you can rise, fall and get back up stronger and more determined than ever.

I hadn't known of Dwight Gooden before reading the book DOC. Not being a big sports fan I was interested in his story and how he has been able to not just accomplish a lot but share his life lessons as well. I wasn't disappointed.

DOC is an in-your-face glimpse into the life of a man who seemed to succeed against all odds---and make a name for himself in the process. I learned from the book that he got the nickname Doc because of the way he performed on the field. A family friend named Dennis told Dwight's father that he "performed like a surgeon out there. Steady and smooth. Getting the job done." That is something that would stick with him.

Ironically there were times when Doc would have to operate on himself, cutting out that which threatened all that he had accomplished and the vices that could destroy him forever.

Part of what plagued Doc would be drug use. He writes: "When I did coke," he writes "I could never do just a line or two and say 'Enough.' I'd have been sneaking into the dugout, snorting lines every inning or two." It would be an issue that he dealt with for years, but he wouldn't give up.

Another thing we learn about Doc was how his faith developed. When it comes to being baptized he says this: "I wanted to feel like I belonged to a church. Up to then, I'd only belonged on teams...When I left the pew and walked toward the altar, the whole congregation stood and cheered. I'd been cheered in ballparks for various achievements. I'd been cheered at baseball card shows and sport award dinners. I'd never been cheered simply because I was human and recognized my connection to God."

Through the scandals and hits he took because of his choices Doc was able to emerge stronger and wiser. "I'll be at this forever," he writes, "one well-focused, hardworking, mutually supportive day at a time." That is the lesson for us all. Never to give up. Never to quit. Never to think we can't come back.

This book resonated with me in many ways, and I know others will feel the same way. No matter who you are DOC is just what you need to keep you motivated while you find your way.
19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa8da75f4) out of 5 stars Great Insights Into Doc Gooden's Life May 23 2013
By Seeking Disciple - Published on Amazon.com
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I hated the New York Mets growing up. I have always loved the LA Dodgers and a buddy of mine was a big NY Mets fan. He and I would sit and throw the baseball while naming the starting lineups for our team. I still remember him naming players such as Gary Carter, Keith Hernandez, Wally Backman, Santana, and of course, his starting pitcher was going to be Doc Gooden.

Gooden was a powerful pitcher. At the young age of 19 years old, he took the MLB world by storm. He had that overwhelming fastball and he was a terror while on the mound. Off the mound, I read his was quiet and reserved.

When the New York Mets won the 1986 World Series over Boston, Gooden was celebrated. While the Mets had their championship parade in New York City, Gooden was not there. He was out getting high on cocaine. Gooden was a drug addict.

This is the life of Dwight Gooden. It is the story of a baseball player who went to the top of the game and yet his passion for drugs was what led to his demise. It is a story of skill, a story of a pitcher who was a powerful force, and yet a story of a human being who suffered through his drug addiction. I believe that Doc could have been in the MLB Hall of Fame had he not been destroyed by drugs.

You will enjoy this story. You will love Doc's passion and yet cringe at his humanity. In the end, you too will appreciate the life of Doc Gooden and you'll ask yourself the same questions I did, "What could have been for this man?"
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa8da7f48) out of 5 stars Always room at the table for Doc May 20 2013
By Joe - Published on Amazon.com
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I remember the first time, I saw Doc Gooden pitch. I was mesmerized. It was all fluid elbows, and knees. The ball darted and danced. 
I was mesmerized. His was the first baseball T shirt, I ever bought out of my own money. 
Then came the lows.
This memoir was brutally honest, If you grew up watching Doc ascend, fall and climb back up again, you can watch the pages unfold like a TV drama in your head. Of course, this real life drama isn't like a TV show. It hurts to read some of it. It's exciting to read some of it. 
It's sad to realize that he and Strawberry have lost a friendship. It's painful to read his honest words about the things he did with his children and with his father.
It's uplifting to read how he has put his life back together. If you are a baseball fan, this is a great book. If you are a NY sports fan, I think it's a must read.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa90ef12c) out of 5 stars Genuine and meaningful June 30 2013
By Afia - Published on Amazon.com
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Doc Gooden is in my mind one of the best athletes of our time. I can't think of a pitcher that was more of a threat at his peak than Doc. Until I read this book, I had no idea how vulnerable he could be and it makes me feel that the big stars can be like any of us.

Gooden makes sense of his meteoric rise to fame and his addiction anchor. He shows a remarkable ability to reflect and inform something about life to all of us. In his experiences he discovered meaning that applies to every human.