Doc Gooden's Memoir Available Now!

By Sponsored Post 07/11/13

One of baseball's most fascinating figures finally tells his story in DOC, a riveting memoir of addiction, triumph, and America's pastime.

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In the mid-1980s no pitcher was more feared and more dominant than the young Mets superstar Dwight “Doc” Gooden. After arriving in New York in 1984 as a shy 19-year-old from Tampa, Gooden became a pitching sensation overnight. He was named Rookie of the Year in his first season and won 25 games in his second, earning the Triple Crown and one of the most prestigious awards in baseball: the Cy Young Award. Beloved by Mets fans and New Yorkers alike, he cemented his place in baseball history by age 20 with a 98 mph fastball. But beneath the surface, Gooden battled alcoholism and drug addiction, which ultimately derailed his career and nearly took his life. In 1986, when the Mets won the World Series, Gooden watched the victory parade on TV, too drunk and high to celebrate with his teammates. Over the next 25 years, his addictions—along with his life and career—spiraled out of control.

Now sober, Gooden is finally telling his story in a new memoir—DOC, written with Ellis Henican—in which he relays the most intimate moments of his successes and failures, from three World Series rings to endless self-destructive drug binges. DOC is a brutally honest account of Gooden's life and struggles, from the hidden traumas in Gooden's close-knit Tampa family, to the thrill and pressure of being a young baseball prodigy in New York, to raucous days and nights partying with the Mets’ "bad boys." It details his drug binges and arrests, his comeback with the Yankees, numerous attempts to get sober, the damage his drug use did to family and friends, and finally how starring on VH1’s Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew unexpectedly changed his life. This story about family, baseball, and talent squandered by the disease of addiction—and the long road to getting clean—is one that could inspire anyone who has faced tough challenges in life. Order your copy of DOC from Amazon now!

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