Doc Gooden was in Mets camp Monday and watched Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler throw bullpen sessions, after which he told reporters he's impressed with what he sees...
"They're scary," Gooden said, after which he attended the game with friends that have season tickets in St. Lucie. "If these guys are healthy, it'll be fun to watch."
Gooden also said, while he's forgiven Darryl Strawberry, the two have not talked since last August, when Strawberry accused him of again being on drugs.
According to Gooden, he is and was clean. He says he simply missed the event because he was struggling to deal with the recent death of his mother.
Sep 28, 2008; Flushing, NY; Gooden and Strawberry exchange a handshake after the last regular season game at Shea Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Perlman (Star-Ledger) via USA TODAY Sports
"Unfortunately, he spoke how he felt, whether I like it or not, I respect that, but it wasn't true," Gooden said on field, according to Kristie Ackert of the Daily News "Maybe one day we'll get together and talk. Right now is not the time."
In August, 2016, Gooden failed to attend a scheduled media appearance with Strawberry, after which his former teammates expressed concern for Gooden's health.
"He's a complete junkie-addict," Strawberry told Daily News reporter John Harper at the time. "I've been trying behind the scenes to talk to him and get him to go for help, but he won't listen. He thinks he can manipulate and BS his way through everything. His son called me to beg me to help his dad before he dies. The condition Doc is in, it's bad, it's horrible."