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That Gooden self-imploded on a volatile cocktail of drugs and alcohol certainly isn't news. What is news is that his smart memoir goes beyond some smart analysis of the pitcher's craft to candidly dive into the wreck Gooden created for himself. Instead of mining for excuses, Gooden resurfaces with the requisite self-awareness--"The worst part about being an addict," he admits, "is that you lie all the time"--to probe the great expectations placed on him, the early triumphs and the way success went to his head, the pressures of New York and its nightlife, his sometimes difficult relationships with teammates, his personal inferno and its repercussions, his suspensions, his humiliations, his addiction treatments, and his comeback. Gooden made a splendid name for himself throwing heat; here, he gracefully humbles himself in a cautionary tale that displays the perspective and maturity that's required to be able to take the heat. --Jeff Silverman
The book is a great read. I could not put it down and that is saying something. There are few books I can say that aboutPublished 21 months ago by Dionisios Antzoulatos
In this 1999 book, written by Dwight Gooden and Bob Klapisch, Gooden tells the harrowing story of a beating he received by Tampa cops, following a meal he had with friends at... Read morePublished on June 17, 2013 by Sal Nudo
I enjoyed the book. Dwight gave great details and I felt he told the truth. However, I didn't like the way he skipped around with the dates. Read morePublished on September 7, 2011 by Ms. Brenda J. Cammon
I bought this book wanting to know the real Dwight Gooden.
I was very satisfied with the read. Read more
what a book!
i love doc, growing up i coppied him,i will admit it.
my problem was i had a 84 mile per hr fastball that in canada was not good... Read more
I PICKED UP THE BOOK ON FRIDAY AND FINISHED IT SUNDAY. THE BOOK WAS AN EASY READ. I, LIKE SO MANY OTHERS, WAS IN PURE AWE OF THE POWER AN POTENTIAL DWIGHT GOODEN HAD. Read morePublished on August 17, 2004 by DON MEGA