Posted October 19, 2011 by DJ Enuff in Sports

Gooden talks coke on ESPN E:60 Tonight!

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Former Mets ace Dwight Gooden talks coke on ESPN E:60 8PM EST Tonight! He talks about how he missed the 1986 Mets Championship Parade because he was coked up in a dealer’s apartment in Long Island. He loved the drug instantly, and looking back surrounded himself by people who didn’t have his best interest. He came back and pitched a no-hitter in 1996 with the NY Yankees, while his father shedded his last tear of joy for him. Check it out! The story starts off right after the NY Mets won the 1986 Championship game…

“After that game was over, we’re celebrating and everything at the ballpark, in the clubhouse, and me and some of the guys went back out on the pitcher’s mound and we had the big bottles of champagne. Then once everybody said we’re going to this club in Long Island to hang out for a while, it was like, ‘OK.’ …

“Well, my ride to the club I called a guy who I got drugs from, had him meet me there, was drinking, started using drugs. Then 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. 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 got time.’ And the clocks, I mean the rooms are spinning. I said, ‘OK, I’ll leave in another hour.’ Then the next thing you know the parade’s on and I’m watching the parade on TV.”

“Here I am in the projects in a drug dealer’s apartment with guys I don’t even know, with drugs in the house, watching it,” he said. “It’s a horrible feeling.”

“I started hanging out more into the city,” he said. “Everybody loves you. Kinda got attracted to it where I started liking it, then it went from events to nightclubs and hanging out, with sometimes hanging with the wrong people that thought they had your best interest. When I look back at it, the trouble kinda started right there.”

One night while partying, someone offered him cocaine. Though he had told himself he’d never try the drug, he did.

“And it was love at first sight, unfortunately,” he said.

“I think it started affecting my performance,” he said. “The day I pitched, I would drink either ’cause I was celebrating or I lost and couldn’t sleep. The cocaine started. I didn’t do it two days before I would pitch, but once I went home in the offseason, totally out of control.”

He missed all of 1995 due to a drug suspension but resurfaced with the Yankees in 1996. He recaptured the glory briefly, throwing a no-hitter in May against the Mariners. But even that moment was shadowed by tragedy. His father had undergone heart surgery and died without leaving the hospital.

“But the doctors told me he did watch the game,” Gooden said. “When I made the last out he had the one tear in his eye … So, he never made it home, but the last game he got to see me pitch was … So that game will always be special. But that’s the greatest moment that I had in baseball because of that.” – espn