Dwight Gooden (Photo credit: Jeff Marquis)
The Mets have a huge number of promotions going for the 2013 season. It’s pretty obvious that they have to after several straight years of sagging attendance and below .500 teams. So it’s no surprise that the marketing team will appear somewhat desperate with near daily promotions going. We’re the benefactors, the hardcore fans that will go watch bad Mets teams play anyway.
The highlights of the schedule for this season are:
- Sun. April 13 – Ron Darling Bobblehead
- Sat. May 11 – Banner Day
- Sat. May 25 – John Franco Bobblehead
- Sun. June 30 – David Wright Bobblehead
- Wed. July 3 – Fireworks Night
- Sun. July 21 – Dwight Gooden Bobblehead
- Sun. Aug. 25 – Tom Seaver Bobblehead
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It’s very well known that Dwight Gooden missed the 1986 World Series celebration parade. He said he overslept but we all knew what really happened. I don’t know anyone that didn’t assume for all these years that Doc was high as a kite somewhere during the parade and was too high or too embarrassed to make it.
Gooden is making an appearance on E:60 on ESPN with Jeremy Schaap tonight at 8pm. He finally admits what everyone else already knew, he was high during the parade. Doc admits that he was in some projects on Long Island getting high and just lost track of time and missed the parade.
I’m not sure why this is such a big deal. We all knew the truth anyway. But there something to hearing Doc admit it that can lay to rest one of the minor mysteries of Mets history.
Check out the video below and let me know your thoughts in the comments. Are you glad that he finally admitted it? Or it doesn’t matter anymore because too much time has passed and we all knew what happened anyway?
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I had been reading up on the many different teams that Jose Reyes may be a good fit for joining in August and also in 2012. But the only one that got my interest was an article in the NY Daily News anointing Reyes the next Yankee shortstop.
So I’m thinking ahead to the worst case scenario and wondering what would happen here in NY if Reyes took over for Derek Jeter at shortstop either this year or next? It’s a logical “baseball” move but you could be damaging two franchises at the same time. This isn’t Darryl Strawberry or Dwight Gooden playing in the twilight of their careers being given one last shot by the Yankees. This is one of the best shortstops in the game, in his prime, crossing over to the dark side!
What Would Yankee Fans Think?
Yankee fans will not be happy if their beloved captain is benched in favor of Jose Reyes. Ok, Jose is clearly better right now but Jeter has meant so much more than Reyes ever will mean to the Mets in the last 10 years. At a very early age Jeter played with professionalism, class, and poise while keeping his head and his teammates heads in every game. It’s this discipline at an early age that allowed Jeter to be one of the greats of baseball who can show off 4 World Series rings. It’s this same discipline I wish Jose had.
At 28 years old and with only 10 weeks of prime Jose Reyes baseball to judge him by this year, Jose is clearly playing for a contract. He may be playing up the fact that he has finally matured but we won’t know until he plays at this level for a full year and not in a contract year.
Can the Yankees afford him? Yes, most definitely. Would they want him though? Yankee fans would murder Reyes for a typical Reyes boneheaded bobble or for watching the ball roll under his glove or even getting picked off of first base because he was working on seeing his reflection in one of his gold chains.
Yankee fans would boo him incessantly for every little mistake, he would never live down Jeter’s legacy, even if he won a ring or two and he would have to get a haircut. Odds are if the Yankees were to get Reyes it would do more harm than good with their fans but would that be enough to stop them from pulling the trigger on such a trade? Continue reading
If you’re a Mets fan, and I’m assuming you are if you’re reading this, “New York Mets The Complete Illustrated History” by Matthew Silverman is a must-have coffee table book. It’s a large book filled with huge pictures of the Mets from 1962 through the 2010 season. If you’ve read any of Silverman’s other books, you know that he’s one of the foremost authors of Mets books. You can see the complete list of books he’s written on his website.
Of course, there’s extra attention paid to the teams from ’62, ’69, ’73, ’86, and 2000 as there should be. There are so many images that I’ve never seen before. Tom Seaver, Jerry Koosman, and Nolan Ryan together with Gil Hodges was a great picture. I always think of what could have been when I see pictures of Ryan.
Some of the images that really jumped out at me were:
- Tug McGraw
- Willie Mays celebrating in the locker room after clinching the NL East in ’73
- Seaver when he got the news he was traded to the Reds in ’77
- Doc Gooden in ’84
- Lenny Dykstra’s walk off homer against the Astros in game 3 of the ’86 NLCS
The thing I like about books like this is that you can pick it up and read through Silverman’s rich description of a season or two. Or you can even go through a decade in an afternoon and get a great feel for the era. The late ’70’s and early ’80’s will be depressing though.
The World Series teams are the most exciting to read about. I particularly love to read about the build up from the abyss of the early ’80’s to the Keith Hernandez and Gary Carter trades, and Doc and Straw coming up to the team. The build up to something great was so clear and palpable.
Overall, it’s a great book to add to your collection if you’re a Mets fan. If you know someone that’s a Mets fan, this is a guaranteed hit as a gift. You can purchase the book at Amazon. It’s listed at $19.80 as of the writing of this post.
I did receive a promotional copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes.
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A few of the Mets have started to arrive in Port St. Lucie over the last week. Pitchers and catchers will report by Tuesday. You can see the full spring training game schedule at the Mets site. Even though the full team hasn’t even arrived at PSL yet, there’s still plenty of news about the Mets over the past few days.
Here are a few of the stories that caught my eye this week:
- Beyond the Box Score– Post about just how good Doc Gooden was
- ESPN – Josh Thole talks about the Mets pitchers among other topics
- ESPN – Dan Warthen believes that Jenrry Mejia will be a reliever (as do I)
- Studious Metsimus– Roger Clemens joked about throwing a bat at Mike Piazza in 2000
- NY Post – Mike Puma writes one of a million spring previews for the Mets
- Amazin’ Avenue – 2011 season preview
- NY Times – Dan Rosenheck writes that the Mets could compete for the playoffs this year
- ESPN– Adam Rubin talks to new Mets hitting coach Dave Hudgens
This is the perfect storyline ahead of next weekend’s induction into the Mets Hall of Fame for Dwight Gooden. Doc’s wife tells the NY Post that she hasn’t seen him since June 22 and he’s left her and their two young children without financial support.
It sounds like Doc and his wife have been in family court recently, so they may be going through a divorce. His wife, Monique, may be talking to the media in an attempt to embarrass Doc before the Mets Hall of Fame ceremony. Who knows?
His wife’s side of the story paints a pretty ugly picture of substance abuse and abandonment of a young family by Doc:
“He’s left us with no money,” his slighted spouse said. “When I got here to Maryland, I had to go apply for social services, food stamps and health insurance for the kids. He has offered no financial assistance to us.”
We all know that Doc has had his up’s and down’s in life. It seems like whenever he starts getting to a point that the Mets organization can really bring him in something like this comes up. His arrest in March for driving under the influence with his 5 year-old son in the car didn’t help either.
I hope Doc can get his life back on track. But I feel like I’ve been saying that for years now though.
I thought it was a day to post some good news about the Mets. After the negative news about Dwight Gooden getting arrested again today, we need something positive to end the day on. That’s where Jose Reyes comes in, returning to spring training possibly in time to play on opening day.
Brian Costa of NJ.com put up some video of Reyes taking batting practice from the right side with Jerry Manuel watching carefully. The background noise is pretty annoying but it’s good to see Reyes swinging the bat again after two weeks away from the team with a thyroid problem.
Today Dwight Gooden was busted for DUI, DWI, endangering the welfare of a minor, reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident. Hey Dwight… Don’t pass go, go directly to jail!
This news was a trending topic on twitter in the NYC area. Crazy how fast news travels nowadays. Used to be Keith and Darryl would go on a drug fueled brawl and you wouldn’t hear about it for days. Within minutes Dwight’s Wikipedia page was updated!
Gooden was invited to be a spring training advisor for the Mets this year but turned down the offer because his wife is pregnant. This would have been great press for the team if he would have accepted. Another reason to believe the curse over the Mets might have been lifted.
Good job Dwight! What were you going to advise this year’s Mets to do?
Let this be a lesson to all you kids, stay away from drugs, alcohol and the Yankees!