Remembering the Summer of Doc

Watching Seattle's Felix Hernandez pitch made The Sports Guy remember another fantastic phenom -- Dwight Gooden.

Updated: August 26, 2005, 2:05 PM ET
By Bill Simmons | Page 2

Editor's note: This article appears in the Aug. 29 issue of ESPN The Magazine.

When Dwight Gooden splashed down as a 19-year-old rookie in 1984, I was attending prep school in Connecticut, where my basketball coach, a guy named Wally Ramsey, doubled as the biggest Mets fan alive. With Gooden, he knew right away. This was it. This was the guy. You watch baseball for 50 years hoping a Dwight Gooden comes along.

"I know you're a Boston fan," he told me. "But you need to see ...

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