Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter, whose single for the New York Mets in the 1986 World Series touched off one of the most improbable rallies in baseball, died Thursday. He was 57.
Franco saved a Mets-record 276 games from 1990-2004 and finished with 424 saves overall, the most by a left-hander.
Much hubbub has been made about Gooden’s “E:60″ interview, where the pitcher said he missed the 1986 Mets championship parade because he was high on drugs. But haven’t we heard this before?
At 46, Gooden is in the sixth inning of life, far too early for a hurler of his heft to leave the game. I don’t know the man, yet I love the man. It’s just one of those things.
Where former 1986 Mets star Lenny Dykstra goes, bad news seems to follow. Dykstra, 48, was charged on Monday with 25 misdemeanor and felony counts of grand theft auto, attempted grand theft auto, identity theft and other crimes.
Because Mets ownership has, for whatever reason, opted to put off retiring the numbers of Dwight Gooden, Keith Hernandez and Darryl Strawberry, it has made the issue of whether to retire Gary Carter’s No. 8 more of a debate than it should be.
Dwight Gooden wasn’t the only troubled 1986 Mets great to grace Dr. Drew’s “Celebrity Rehab.” According to Dr. K, Lenny Dykstra made an uninvited appearance to try and break his former teammate out.
Dwight Gooden joined Boomer & Craig this morning in the Allstate Studio and really opened up to the guys. Right off the bat they got into Doc’s well documented drug use and the road his abuse took him down.
Dwight Gooden has famously battled his addiction to drugs and alcohol for decades. Dr. K is hoping Dr. Drew Pinsky’s “Celebrity Rehab” will get him on the right path.
Mike Pelfrey won his 15th game of the season this past Thursday against the Pirates. Pelfrey is the 10th right-handed pitcher in Mets history to record 15 or more wins in a year.
Dwight Gooden and Darryl Strawberry have always been linked. It figured that Doc and Straw would enter the Mets’ Hall of Fame together.