Most of you all know the story of Darryl Strawberry and Dwight Gooden (Doc Gooden); they will forever be linked together in NYC sports history as 2 of the most talented baseball players to ever hit the scene. They were the cornerstone to what was supposed to be a Baseball Dynasty with the NY Mets; if that wasn’t pressure enough on top of that Strawberry (21) and Gooden (20) were youngsters trying to find their way while living it up in NYC.
Now older and hopefully more wiser both Strawberry and Gooden are dealing with life after baseball…..
Strawberry through his ups and downs found religion and family to keep him on the straight and narrow; while Dwight has had a little bumpy road which includes a recent stint on the VH1 Reality Show ‘Celebrity Rehab’. With that said Both Strawberry and Gooden seem to be finally putting their demons behind them. Both are slowly rebuilding their images in the greater NY area; Strawberry opening a Sports Bar & Grill in Douglaston, NY (Strawberry’s) and Gooden setting up autograph signings and spending time with his family. They are also giving back to the community and reconnecting with fans who once cheered them on during the 80s and 90s at Shea Stadium.
This past Saturday (August 13th) The Darryl Strawberry Foundation participated in Douglaston Community Day; it was a fair of sorts with rides and games. All proceeds went to The Darryl Strawberry Foundation and their battle against autism as well as other local charities. Former Mets Doc Gooden, Kevin Mitchell, Barry Lyons and Terry Leach; and former Giants punter Sean Landetta were the expected guests.
On August 11th (Thursday) Dwight Gooden sent out a tweet from his twitter account (@DocGooden16) saying that he will not be able to attend due to “a previous obligation”.
Soon after the twitter account for Strawberry’s Bar & Grill (@Dstrawberrys) sent out a tweet saying the cancellation by Gooden was more than just “a misunderstanding”. When I read the tweet from @Dstrawberrys I thought to myself that there might be some beef here and if you read Gooden’s tweet he did point out that the “misunderstanding” was “on their part.” (Strawberry). Then fellow Mets fan @AlMightyDJKO sent a tweet to @DStrawberrys basically asking if there was some kind of beef. Some time after that tweet the tweet from @DStrawberrys deleted ….
At the time I figured someone made the call and had the tweet deleted so not to bring negative attention to what is supposed to be a positive event. I also felt that maybe Strawberry himself put someone in their place for trying to air out Doc on twitter.
So on August 13th (after the Community Day event) Darryl Strawberry tweeted from his twitter account (@DarrylStrawman)
I could be wrong about all this and to be honest I hope I am, BUT the tweets don’t lie. I sincerely hope if there is some kind of beef between Straw and Doc, that the 2 will talk it out and continue to work together for the kids. Strawberry’s Foundation is doing a lot of great work for kids with Autism and Gooden is looking to give back with a Baseball Academy in NJ; together they could once again be a great team and make a difference in a lot of kids lives.
If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!