Dwight Gooden Missed Mets’ 1986 World Series Parade Due To Drug-Induced Stupor


The 1986 World Series between the New York Mets and Boston Red Sox has gone down in history as one of the most memorable of all-time. The error by Bill Buckner in Game 6 which paved the way to New York’s thrilling 8-5 Game 7 victory, capping an improbable and unlikely comeback. And while Dwight Gooden was something of a disappointment in the series, going 0-2, without his contributions during the regular season when he went 17-6, the Mets likely never would have even seen the postseason.

Sadly, Gooden’s demons were already beginning to creep in and take control of his life in 1986, as drugs quickly developed into a crippling cross for the young pitching phenom to bear. And this sad reality is no better illustrated than by Gooden’s recent admission to ESPN that he missed the Mets’ 1986 World Series victory parade because he was all drugged out at a party in the projects of Long Island.

After attending a team celebration following the Game 7 win, Gooden made the trip to a different kind of party. Via Sporting News:

“When the party started winding down, for myself, a lot of times I get to a certain point of using drugs, the paranoia sticks in,” Gooden told ESPN. “So I end up leaving the party with the team, going to these projects, of all places, in Long Island. Hang out there.

“Then you know what time you have to be at the ballpark to go into the city for the parade, but I’m thinking ‘OK, I’ve got time.’ And the clocks, I mean the rooms are spinning. I said, ‘OK, I’ll leave in another hour. OK, maybe in 30 minutes I’ll leave. Well, maybe 15 more minutes I’ll leave. Then the next thing you know, the parade’s on and I’m watching the parade on TV. … Horrible, horrible feeling.”

Cocaine’s a helluva drug.

Gooden missed Mets’ 1986 parade because of drug-induced haze [Sporting News]

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  1. Steve

    October 19, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    Pathetic article, Old news…… was it a slow news day? Recycled an eight to twenty year old story?

    • Dylan

      October 20, 2011 at 10:27 pm

      Good Timing …..1986 Mets autograph reunion show at Hofstra University in Long Island this Week-ed…I wonder if Gooden will miss it, LOL.

  2. Rich

    October 19, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    Really, this is the best you have for sports news? Give me a break Gooden and Strawberry missed half their careers due to drugs and all you can report on is him missing a parade. Go back to your high school yearbook reporting you really embaressed yourself here.

  3. nick rogers

    October 19, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    this just in….90 % of all baseball players have used some form or hgh or steroids…great article i just wrote, now can i get a job at this website, or i can be like you and watch a espn show at put it in writing, christ this is as pathetic reply as your story on gooden, he was just another black athlete that won the lottery with his talents and then gave it back thru drugs or dumb as finacial investments


  4. Jim McCormick

    October 19, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    WOW…. Who saw this coming?

  5. Nick Rogers is a douche

    October 19, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    Good tidbit. I didn’t know this. Just watched the replay of this game on ESPN Classic yesterday. I can’t get enough about this Mets team. They were the last REAL baseball team.

  6. jik hasen

    October 19, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    who cares

  7. jik hasen

    October 19, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    real team ya right they suck

  8. buckman

    October 20, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    look at all you losers bashing the story and the reporter doing it for no reason but to be dicks on purpose. ya do it everywhere and ya know it no matter what because of your boyish egos and the prick blood ya have inside ya.

    ya get off on it don’t ya? in person you wouldn’t have the guts to say it to anyone face. ya took the time to really bash the story instead of laughing and moving on,makes you worse then the story or just as useless….

    same old, same old…. let’s talk smack!!!!! it don’t matter what or who or why,right or wrong. you will do it to be moosepricks…

    ya’all need to grow up or get off the internet. we have enough losers on here mouthing off for kicks… they are called kids. how old are you?

    enough said, and here endith the lesson,you weak cattle like fools…

    moo moo moo…


    The mets never had a great team….

    yankees and cardinals hold the most rings and pennants ya bafoon!

    change your hat.

  9. c

    October 20, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    Its funny how all these comments are cutting up the article because its old news and obvious yet they clicked on the link to get here that said “Dwight Gooden Missed Mets’ 1986 World Series Parade Due To Drug-Induced Stupor”.

    Is the writer stupid for writing this article? No
    Are you stupid for clicking on link when it clearly states what it is about and you expect something else? Yes.

  10. rick torrey

    October 20, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    I am looking at a photo of three athletes who were icons at times in their lives. Two, Gooden an Strawberry wasted their lives with drugs and both are now, to my knowledge, dead broke. I live near Tampa and the local papers carry stories fairly often when one or the other makes the news, and it’s never about anything good. The other in the photo, “Iron” Mike Tyson, a guy who blew through 300 million dollars. Again, that’s 300 MILLION DOLLARS, in his career. Here is the self-described “Baddest man on the planet”, and can’t support himself. The common theme here is that all of these man had it right there for the taking, made huge sums of money, and are all busted because of their lifestyles. This ain’t about beefing some writer for some story that actually was the core of Goodens life. Sad, sad, sad.

  11. A J Phillips

    October 22, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    We always need to be reminded about the horror of addiction, I buried someone I love less than a month ago because of addiction. My daughters no longer have a mother because of addiction, my wife was only 43. A life is a life, we lose more people annually to addiction than we lost on 9/11. It’s all very tragic and we need to be reminded of lives lost, whether from addiction, 9/11, or brutality. WE MUST NEVER FORGET!!!! MY point is, if this was an article about 9/11 no one wuld be bashing it, leave the reporter alone. If this article helps ONE person or Family, it was worth it. God Bless and Be Well!!

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