May 31, 2006

Gooden: "I'd rather get shot than come back here": Will prison finally be the thing that enables Dwight Gooden to kick his drug habit? Or will this sad tale of a spectacular career gone wrong and, more importantly, his life, keep spiraling downward?

posted by donnnnychris to baseball at 06:18 AM - 10 comments

career gone wrong. THE END

posted by Debo270 at 08:06 AM on May 31

I feel bad for any addict suffering.We all know somebody who suffer's.......Can't take away how great he was, even if it was for a short time.

posted by at 08:45 AM on May 31

Okay. I'm going with $5 on getting shot. Because this guy LOVES the crack.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 09:07 AM on May 31

It's sad to say, but from reading his words in that article, it doesn't sound like there's much hope. He has no confidence in himself, as if the prison stint has to convince him to stay clean.... no, he needs to convince himself. With that mindset, he will fail. From the comments about how he'd rather be shot than return..... I think we all know there is going to be a problem if/when he fails to stay sober again. It's sad to see our "heroes" suffer like this. Someone who can be so strong on a baseball field, who can be so weak in their personal life. I just hope he can get the help he truly needs in his rehab. At least he is getting rehab while he's in there, not just prison time.

posted by KrisL at 09:21 AM on May 31

Anybody know what his rookie card is worth now? Topps? I have about 20 of 'em.

posted by Bill Lumbergh at 11:48 AM on May 31

Rehab has never been proven to work over the long haul, especially for mental midgets like Dwight Gooden. Personal resolve and discipline has been proven to work for centuries and will continue to do so. I feel no pity for people who constantly make bad decisions and place themselves in harms way. Once, OK. Twice, you're stupid. 11 times? I'm done with you...

posted by Sanman at 11:52 AM on May 31

"I can't come back here," he said. "I'd rather get shot than come back here. ... If I don't get the message this time, I never will." Aaaaaaand in about three years, he will have been proven to have not gotten the message. Again. I liked Gooden as a pitcher, but my empathy only extends so far. Lumbergh - about $10, according to eBay.

posted by Toxteth O'Grady at 11:59 AM on May 31

Thanks Toxteth - each card gets me 3 gallons of gas.

posted by Bill Lumbergh at 12:11 PM on May 31

He'll probably end up getting shot.

posted by dyams at 04:57 PM on May 31

Rehab has never been proven to work over the long haul, especially for mental midgets like Dwight Gooden. What's your basis for this statement, Sanman? I personally know people who have quit and stayed clean for life; what's your data?

posted by lil_brown_bat at 07:46 PM on May 31

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