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!
It’s a young man’s game now and Jenry Mejia is a young man with a good arm. Sure, he’s only pitched 7 innings so far this spring to a 1.23 ERA. But he’s looked good doing it. I’m not buying into the hype about Mejia. It’s a simple equation. The Mets are built to win now and Mejia can help them do that. It’s that simple.
You may think that the Mets would take Mejia north next month because Jerry Manuel and Omar Minaya are trying to save their jobs. They’re not looking out for the kid. They don’t care about his future. There may be something to that, I don’t know. But if you read Ken Rosenthal’s column today on Fox Sports, it sure seems that way according to Rosenthal.
To get back to where I started this post, baseball isn’t a game for 35+ year-old players anymore. The worm turned with the MLB 2003 steroid report and testing for steroids and amphetamines. It’s back to being a young man’s game again and we have to face that fact and this new reality. Dwight Gooden made the team and won 17 games as a rookie when he was 19 years-old. Mejia is 20 years-old and he’s not Dwight Gooden, but if he wins a spot on the roster this spring we need to accept this new reality. The funny thing is that the new reality is the old reality.
Demolishing Shea Stadium and building Citi Field was certainly unwelcome for some Mets fans. It marked a changing of the guard for the franchise and maybe even a sense for some of us that we would be left behind in history as fans of the “old” Mets that played at the “old” stadium. But I have to admit that before this season, I was really looking forward to going to Citi Field.
The surprise set in when we realized that Citi Field wasn’t really about the Mets, it was all about the Brooklyn Dodgers and Jackie Robinson. Sure, Robinson is an individual worthy of all the recognition that he gets, and more than we know. But there was something glaring missing from the new stadium… The Mets history!!! In building this new $800 million project, the Mets forgot that the Mets were going to be playing there and that they’ve had some history of their own. Continue reading “Mets Finally Make Citi Field Their Own”
Former Mets pitcher Dwight Gooden attended the Citi Field opening game on April 13, 2009. While there he spontaneously signed a wall in the Ebbets Club with a Sharpie. He wrote “Doc Gooden, 84 R.O.Y., 85 Cy Young, 86 W.S. Champs“.
The Mets initial reaction was to remove the signature, effectively rendering it as graffiti. The stadium is already being billed as “Dodgers Stadium East” by many fans that have attended the initial home stand for emphasis on the Dodgers history and lack of Mets nostalgia. This move served to reinforce the opinion that the Mets are unconcerned with the history of their own team.
Today the Mets announced that they have reversed course and will keep Doc’s signature and preserve it in another location in the stadium. Finally, the Mets make the right decision. Too bad that it had to come after the situation received so much press attention.
New York Mets Director of Corporate Sales Jim Plummer died today at New York Univ. Medical Center. He was 56 years old. He had a liver and kidney transplant last week and died of a heart attack. The Mets released the following statement:
"Plum was a friend who helped me get adjusted to New York," former Mets pitcher Dwight Gooden said in a statement released by the team. "He was there for me whenever I needed something."
I’ll warn you up front that this isn’t a 100% Mets-related post. But Doc Gooden does figure prominently here so you’ll understand why I’m writing it.
This is a link to a really long blog post by Joe Posnanski of the Kansas City Star. The post reviews the 100 game winning pitchers by age 26. The prompt for the post is C.C. Sabathia winning his 100th game last season in which he turned 27.
Although it’s a long post, it’s a great read. It’s really eye opening how many innings that pitchers used to log. They must have used tape to keep their arms attached to their shoulders. Some of these guys were throwing 300 inning seasons.
I noticed that The Hardball Times was linking to this blog today too. My buddy John emailed it to me this morning before THT got to it though. You can read the blog post here.