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Mets set to retire Gooden and Strawberry numbers (dates)

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  • perkdogperkdog Posts: 29,225 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Wow good for those guys, I know they both had their troubles but they were the biggest thing in baseball for a bit

  • GroceryRackPackGroceryRackPack Posts: 2,354 ✭✭✭✭✭

  • craig44craig44 Posts: 10,268 ✭✭✭✭✭

    about time. HOF talent, drug derailed. I liked both as a kid.

    George Brett, Bobby Orr and Terry Bradshaw.

  • DarinDarin Posts: 6,247 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I still say Strawberry’s 84 topps card was the start of the rookie card craze. He was tremendously hyped, being called the next Mantle etc.
    nobody except maybe yankee fans had heard of mattingly until during the 84 season.

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  • charliej2356charliej2356 Posts: 277 ✭✭✭

    Those two guys were super-fun to watch -- and I didn't even live in New York! Two distinct memories:

    • Darryl: He hit lots of homers at Shea Stadium. They had an apple that popped out of a hat beyond the fence when a Met homered -- and music blasted as the crowd would go nuts. Strawberry started many of those celebrations.
    • Dwight: He was the best pitcher in baseball for a few years. Tim McCarver (former big-leaguer and Mets announcer) used to say that Gooden had a "Linda Ronstadt fastball" -- Blew By You. I enjoyed his corny wisecracks.
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