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My husband was totally engrossed with this "5 star" sobering and cautionary tale
on February 22, 2016
I began placing sports-themed books many years ago under the tree for my "I'm just not a book person" husband, who up until then had only skimmed the daily sports page or an occasional magazine article. Suffice it to say, he now looks forward more than anything else to finding out which books I've picked out for him - usually go with biographies with an inspirational message, and he gobbles them up. Such was the case with this book - he just finished it, and believes strongly that it should be "required reading" for high school/college athletes.
In my husband's words, this is a "brutally honest" book - written by a genuinely good man whose life began unravelling under cocaine's mesmerizing spell. Each evening, I'd be given the gist of the latest portion he was reading - he was alternately shocked, intrigued, sad... so many emotional responses to what Mr. Gooden went through, experienced, the hell he inflicted upon himself and - by his own admission - upon others due to the all-consuming power the drug held over him. All of the promise of this 1986 "Rookie of the Year" who - rather than celebrate a World Series victory with his teammates - watched the celebration on TV from a crack house... all of the potential he had athletically, down the toilet. He readily admits to all of the second chances he was given (more than most people would ever receive), the pain his family endured as a result of his years of addiction - it takes a man humbled by life to be able to have the strength and courage to "own it".
I hear from my husband that Mr. Gooden was two years sober when the book was written - it's our hope he's able to stay the course and make good on all of the potential he still has to make a positive difference in the lives of others, to pay forward all of the second chances he received. Best wishes to him on his journey.