Doc's savior sadly could be time spent behind bars

For so much of his life, Dwight Gooden has abused cocaine. And now he's paying a huge price for it by going to prison, writes Bob Klapisch.

Originally Published: April 6, 2006
By Bob Klapisch | Special to ESPN.com

The last time Dwight Gooden was seen without handcuffs was at Legends Field in Tampa on March 3, as the Yankees were about to begin their exhibition season. Doc showed up in civilian clothes, an outsider ever since being dismissed by the Bombers last summer, but about to return to the flock -- or so he said.

"Don't tell anyone yet, but April 1 is the day," Gooden said happily. That's when George Steinbrenner was planning to rehire him for what would have been the one millionth time. Gooden ...

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