Kids, as you know about once a week I go on and on about the young Dwight Gooden.
I’m calling time out on my own post.
1. Â Why do I always say “kids…”? Â It’s an homage to How I Met Your Mother. Â I would like SNY to produce rain delay filler called “How I Met the Mets.” Â There should be two kids sitting on a couch, and we hear Howie Rose’s voice tell us about stuff like Rusty Staub or Lee Mazzilli…and then we see re-packaged highlights. Â I don’t know how much exists from the 1970’s but I bet the decade of the 00’s exists and that’s sure as hell better than a fat guy asking trivia questions.
Howie: Â Kids, let me tell you about Endy Chavez….
2. Â I realize I go on and on about Gooden once a week. Â Here’s the pattern: Â Gooden, black uniforms, complain about something, black uniforms again, some crappy alternate cap picture, actual new news, complain about something, wax poetic about Seaver, attend a game and post 100 photos from the stores, make fun of some jersey, Lee Mazzilli story, black uniforms…repeat. Â This formula has worked for three seasons. Â People seem to like it. Â If it ain’t broke don’t fix it!
Now back to the “Even the Yankee fans” article, already in progress:
I noticed that the blogÂ 11th and Washington wrote:
I’d like to experience just one of Strasburg’s starts this year first-hand, whether in D.C. or elsewhere, because I was a bit too young to have seen Dwight Gooden in the mid-80s.Â First mentioned by Mets Police and echoed this weekÂ by Marty Noble, Gooden on a Friday night at Shea was an event (and “Gooden on a Friday night” should be the name of an essay or a play or something). I remember the buzz whenÂ Pedro Martinezwould pitch a few years ago, and I have no doubt that the anticipation for Gooden’s starts was much more elevated.
Which made me want to see what Marty Noble wrote:
Gooden on a Friday night at Shea — regardless of opponent — was unlike any other regular-season combat except Yankees-Red Sox, occasional Giants-Dodgers series and some Cubs-Cardinals confrontations. If it were Shea and Friday, Gooden vs. Any Team was Lakers-Celtics, Ali-Frazier, Duke-UNC, Tiger-Lefty and anything the domain of Roger Goodell can fathom.
Marty’s piece is really enjoyable, and it will remind you kids that Gooden was bigger than Seaver for a while, and even the Yankee fans respected. Â Even the Yankee fans.
Oh, the Yankees came up with their own Gooden. Â Jose Rijo. Â We’ll talk about that some other day.
Even the Yankee fans respected. Â Even the Yankee fans.
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