NEW YORK (WFAN) — The 1986 Mets, a magical team at a magical time for New York.
But despite all the dramatics against Boston in the World Series, Dwight Gooden failed to show up, getting knocked around in Games 2 and 5.
He also skipped the ticker-tape parade. Why he wasn’t in attendance was a subject of intense speculation for years.
Well, now we know. Matter of fact, we’ve known for nearly five months.
Much hubbub has been made about Gooden’s “E:60” interview on ESPN, where the pitcher said he missed the festivities because he was high on drugs. But haven’t we heard this before?
“Dwight Gooden sat right where Jerry (Recco) is sitting right now and told that story on this radio show, and by proxy, MSG,” an irate Craig Carton said on Thursday morning. “It’s not the first time he’s ever said it. He said it with Boomer and Craig on MSG and WFAN!”
On May 24, Gooden admitted to Carton and Boomer Esiason that he watched the parade on television while under the influence of cocaine “in the projects” of Long Island.
“That’s how sad it was,” Gooden told Boomer and Carton. “When you’re active in your addiction and it has you under control like that, that’s the most important thing to you.”
But the story was supplanted by a different sort of bombshell: Gooden made headlines when he claimed that former Mets teammate Lenny Dykstra tried to bust him out of Dr. Drew Pinsky’s “Celebrity Rehab” house.
“Maybe they got the idea, ‘For the first time ever,’ from the first time he was actually on TV talking about it!” exclaimed Boomer.
The Gooden interview aired on television Wednesday. In it, the former star said that he became hooked on the drug during the ’86 season.
Boomer & Carton: Gooden on missing ’86 parade
At the time, the 1985 NL Cy Young Award winner said he missed the celebration because he overslept.
“It was love at first sight, unfortunately,” he said.
According to Gooden, he was too paranoid and high to join his teammates up the Canyon of Heroes.
“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,'” he said. “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.”
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