Former Mets All-Star Dwight Gooden may be 54 years old, but he's ready take the mound again.
Gooden will see what his once-electric arm can still do at the Mets' spring training complex in Port St. Lucie for the first of the team's fantasy camps. Super fans, who paid $4,995 for the week-long camp from Jan. 13-19, will get the opportunity to hit off Gooden.
So how's that arm feeling?
"Not good," Gooden told The Daily News' Andy Clayton during an in-depth interview. "Two years ago I clocked at 65 (mph). I didn't throw last year because I had to get cataract surgery. It's a lot of fun, but after that you can't get out of bed. Everything hurts because you're not really working those muscles like you once did when you were a player. But it's fun just to go out there and compete and let the guys hit off me."
To avoid being entirely sore the next day, Gooden has a strategy he'll use to hopefully go about three or four innings.
"I just try to throw it right down the middle and hopefully they hit it at somebody," Gooden said.
And during this once-in-a-lifetime experience, the fans will notice that "Doc" is in a good frame of mind, as he says he couldn't be happier right now.
"Yeah, everything is great," he said. "I couldn't be any happier. Couldn't be any healthier. Feeling good. This is the best I've felt in a long, long time. Definitely looking forward to get out there and having fun and looking forward to baseball season.
"Hopefully this year one of the New York teams can bring the trophy back to New York."
Gooden broke into the league at 19 with the Mets in 1984, where he earned an All-Star nod after a 17-9 record and 2.60 ERA. He would go on to win the Cy Young the next year with an insane 1.53 ERA and 24-4 record. He also played a key role in the Mets' World Series victory in 1986.
Over his 11 seasons in Queens, Gooden owned a 3.10 ERA with 1,875 strikeouts in 305 games.