Doc Gooden is clean and sober now and has a new memoir coming out. In connection with that he gave an interview to Andrew Goldman of the New York Times. It’s short, but packs a lot of punch. This one was … interesting:
Q: You had a messy childhood. You write that your father took you on visits to his mistress, and your mother tried to shoot them both with a .38.
A: She did get him in the shoulder and unloaded the whole gun, I guess, trying to get the woman. My mom was a lovely woman but a tough cookie.
Guess I’m going to have to find a different way to describe my mom, because I’ve always used “lovely” and “tough cookie” with her, but now it seems to pale a bit.
Other interesting comments about his friendship — or lack thereof — with Darryl Strawberry and about the time Lenny Dykstra tried to spring him from “Celebrity Rehab.” Which, if successful, could have ended in a Butch and Sundance or Thelma and Louise situation. Or maybe some combination of the two.
For a few days, it looked like Aaron Judge was finally hitting his stride in the postseason. He was still striking out at a regular clip, piling more and more strikeouts atop the 16 he racked up in the Division Series, but he was mashing, too. He engineered a three-run homer during Game 3 of the Championship Series, followed by another blast and game-tying double in Game 4. His one-out double helped pad a five-run lead in Game 5, while his 425-footer off of Brad Peacock barely made a dent during a 7-1 loss in Game 6. And then Lance McCullers‘ curveball found and fooled him, as it did five of the 14 batters it met in Game 7:
The strikeout was Judge’s first of the evening and 27th since the start of the playoffs. No other major league batter has racked up that many strikeouts in a single postseason, though Alfonso Soriano’s 26-strikeout record in 2003 comes the closest. Within that record, Judge also collected three golden sombreros (four strikeouts in a single game), narrowly avoiding the dreaded platinum sombrero (five strikeouts in a single game).
It’s an unfortunate footnote to a spectacular year for the rookie outfielder, who decimated the competition with 52 home runs and 8.2 fWAR during the regular season and was a pivotal part of the Yankees’ playoff run. Thankfully, the image of McCullers’ curveball darting just under Judge’s bat won’t be the image that sticks with us for years to come. Instead, it’ll look something like this: