The Daily News speaks with Davey Johnson
DN: You managed one of the greatest young talents the game has ever seen in Dwight Gooden, who went 24-4 as a 20-year-old. How do you feel when you think about his career, and his life after baseball?
DJ: Unbelievably sad. The biggest shock in my life in baseball was in the spring of 1987, when he came into my office and said, “Skip, I’ve got a problem. I’ve got to go to drug rehab.” I said, “You’ve got to be kidding me.” Doc was like a son to me. He was the first one to the ballpark every day. He was always happy. I just couldn’t believe what I was hearing.
The thing with Dwight is that he meant no harm, but he couldn’t say no – to his guys from his hometown. He didn’t want to feel bigger or better than anybody else.
DN: He was a good pitcher after that 1985 season, but never the same pitcher.
DJ: Never the same. I blame it on the drugs, and I also blame it on the delivery change they had him make. I don’t even know where the orders came from, but they didn’t come from me or Mel Stottlemyre. They wanted him to shorten his delivery, lower that big high leg kick and not turn as much. Sure, he could be run on, but they could run on (Greg) Maddux, too; did they change his delivery? To this day I regret even going along with it.
I’m not going to kill MetsBlog.com if the reporting is accurate on this. We’d all like to get our words out there. Personally I’m not quitting until the Mets hire me as Director of Franchise Integrity. Anyways here’s Raissman in today’s News:
Is Matt Cerrone‘s entertaining and informative MetsBlog.com (One Team, One Million GM’s) losing some edge – and independence?
Prior to the start of the season, Cerrone joined forces with the Mets and SportsNet New York in a deal to have MetsBlog.com appear on SNY’s Web site. This was followed by a lot of yap-flapping out of Metsville (and MetsBlog) about MetsBlog being able to continue doing its thing.
On Thursday, MetsBlog posted a YouTube video of Joe Smith going mouth-to-mouth (“You ain’t s— … I’m in the big leagues you idiot”) with Cubs fans. Spies say when a Mets official was made aware of the video’s presence, he had it immediately pulled off MetsBlog.
For MetsBlog, and its fans, that’s called livin’ in a corporate world.