Mayor Bill de Blasio today presented Dwight “Doc” Gooden with the key to the city. Gooden helped lead the New York Mets to the World Series in 1986 but was unable to attend the ticker-tape parade following their victory.
“We will never forget the 1986 Mets, who played with the kind of passion and personality that personifies New York,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “Their come-from-behind win in the World Series was celebrated in tremendous fashion with a parade down the Canyon of Heroes, but Doc Gooden, an integral part of the Mets’ success, wasn’t there. It’s important that our city right that wrong and celebrate Doc and his teammates together, just as they always played the game.”
“Today is a day I never thought would happen,” said Dwight “Doc” Gooden. “It’s been a long journey and I am grateful to be here.”
Other members of the 1986 New York Mets were also in attendance, including John Franco, Barry Lyons, Bob Ojeda, Jesse Orosco, Darryl Strawberry and Mookie Wilson.
“I am so thankful that Amy brought Doc and I back together,” said Darryl Strawberry. “To have this day with my friend and the Mayor and the city we love means the world.”
This event is part of a documentary film about Gooden and Strawberry, produced by sports journalist and host Amy Heart.
“I had a full career of unfolding some of the best sports stories,” said Amy Heart. “This is one for the books. Darryl has been a longtime friend and together we wanted to make this dream happen for our friend Doc. For me, it’s not about the sport but rather the heart of the player that makes the game.”
The National Anthem was sung by Tony award nominated actress and singer Liz Callaway.
Click here to check out video of “Doc” Gooden’s fly career.
Photo credit: 1) Yankees’ pitcher Dwight Gooden is carried from the field by his teammates after pitching his first no-hitter in game against the Seattle Mariners at Yankee Stadium. (Photo by Linda Cataffo/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images). 2) Mayoral Photography Office/Edwin J. Torres.