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On Baseball: With a Very Public Alarm, the Strawberry-Gooden Story Continues

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The former Mets Dwight Gooden and Darryl Strawberry in 2008, after the last regular-season baseball game ever played at Shea Stadium.

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Darryl Strawberry paused for 25 seconds and shifted in his seat before he answered a question about Dwight Gooden from the audience at the end of a WFAN event last Thursday. “How worried are you about Doc and his future?” the person asked. Gooden had been scheduled to appear with Strawberry and the host, Joe Benigno, but he did not show.

The question unsettled Strawberry, who, like Gooden, is a recovering addict. They were teammates on the Mets in the 1980s but were never really close friends. The station invited them to speak in part because of their parallel lives, which were explored last month in an ESPN documentary, “Doc & Darryl.”

Strawberry seemed to be weighing an answer that would turn a private medical matter into a public cause.

He hesitated before answering, he said in an interview Wednesday, because he knew Gooden was in trouble. He was also reflecting on his wife, Tracy, and others…

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