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Heat: My Life on and Off the Diamond
Dwight Gooden's early years with the New York Mets were golden -- he was the youngest winner of the Cy Young Award in baseball history and led the New York Mets to one of the most dramatic World Series victories in 1986. Dwight Gooden -- a.k.a. Doc or simply Dr. K -- had a fastball that hitters just could not beat. But Gooden's fall was as quick and dramatic as his rise. B ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published February 17th 1999 by William Morrow
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Not a bad book, not a great book. Almost interchangeable with High and Tight, while High and Tight was Gooden and Strawberrys stories interwoven, Heat was Goodens story centered around his no hitter with the Yankees. Heat started about the same time chronologically as High and Tight, but ended later, including Docs career with the Yankees and a season with the Indians. You could read both books, but I'd say you only really need to read one to get a clear picture. Unfortunately for Heat, I read H ...more
There were times when I wanted to say "Would you like a little cheese with that whine?" while reading this. Was it the sense of entitlement that comes from being a superstar athlete? I don't know. But since I watched Doc Gooden at the height of his career, I thought I would feel more sympathetic to him than I did while reading this book.
At nineteen, DWIGHT "DOC" GOODEN became the youngest starting pitcher in MLB history. His 98-mph fastball earned him Rookie of the Year and Cy Young accolades, and led the Mets to victory in the 1986 World Series.More about Dwight Gooden...