Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Video: "Doc" Gooden admits he missed the team's championship parade in '86 because he was in a drug-induced haze
Former New York Mets ace Dwight "Doc" Gooden admits he missed the team's World Series championship parade in 1986 because he was in a drug-induced haze.
Gooden, who has battled drug problems during and after his career, told ESPN that he attended a party in the projects on Long Island after a team party ended following the Mets' Game 7 victory over the Boston Red Sox.
"When the party started winding down, for myself, a lot of times I get to a certain point of using drugs, the paranoia sticks in," Gooden told ESPN. "So I end up leaving the party with the team, going to these projects, of all places, in Long Island. Hang out there.
"Then you know what time you have to be at the ballpark to go into the city for the parade, but I'm thinking 'OK, I've got time.' And the clocks, I mean the rooms are spinning. I said, 'OK, I'll leave in another hour. OK, maybe in 30 minutes I'll leave. Well, maybe 15 more minutes I'll leave. Then the next thing you know, the parade's on and I'm watching the parade on TV. ... Horrible, horrible feeling."