Despite winning a World Series in 1986, the Dwight Gooden and Darryl Strawberry-era of the New York Mets left many fans wondering what could have been. Gooden, an ace pitcher with a blistering fastball and sweeping hook, won Rookie of the Year at age 19. The following year, he became the youngest player ever to earn a Cy Young Award. Strawberry, the Mets’ left-handed power-hitting right fielder, also achieved incredible success at a young age, winning Rookie of the Year in addition to a pair of Silver Slugger Awards. Sadly, both players’ careers were derailed by drug abuse and injury, and by the early ’90s the Mets were already in rebuilding mode. As of today, Mets fans still have yet to see a follow-up championship.
The story of Gooden and Strawberry has been recounted in countless books and magazine articles, but directors Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio have helmed a new documentary on the dynamic duo. The latest installment of ESPN’s acclaimed 30 For 30 series, Doc & Darryl will premiere July 14th.
For the documentary, Gooden and Strawberry reunited at a Queens diner and discussed “the glory days of the mid-’80s and the harrowing nights that turned them from surefire Hall of Famers into prisoners of their own addictions.”
Watch a trailer for Doc & Darryl at ESPN.com, and remember Mets fans: you gotta believe.