Doc & Darryl: What Could Have Been…
Whenever I think of what “could (should) have been” with Doc and Darryl — ESPECIALLY Doc, who was my favorite pitcher in my earliest memories of MLB, it makes me both upset and extremely sad. Doc was ALL WORLD, and an entire generation of baseball fans today never saw him pitch at his apex SMH.
— Doc’s curve was the best I’ve ever seen in 30 years of watching baseball.
— Doc should have easily won 325 games and had 4,500 K’s. It almost puts me on the verge of tears thinking about it, having watched him pitch live with my own two eyes. I have no shame in admitting this.
— Doc could have been a Top 10 pitcher of ALL TIME.
— Darryl could have easily 600 home runs. If not 700.
— Doc: 743 K’s in first three years in 750 innings. Doesn’t get much better than that.
— “When Sandy Koufax says, “I’d trade anyone’s past for Gooden’s future,” that includes Walter Johnson’s, Grover Cleveland Alexander’s, Bob Feller’s and his own. “Who wouldn’t?” growls Don Drysdale, winding up for his famous knockdown pitch. “Gooden makes $1.32 million a year.” Since arguing with pitchers is no more sensible than arguing about them, let a hitter take his swing, a slugger with an eternally simple view of life , but a profound knowledge of athletic gifts . “If I could pick somebody to be,” says Mickey Mantle, “that’s who I’d be.” He knows there is a wonderful ride ahead. “Dwight Gooden.” Being Bret Saberhagen, 21, would not be too terrible either. Saberhagen and his wife both delivered dramatically last October, a bracing baby boy and a bouncing Kansas City championship.”
— God I wish I could meet Willie Mays, and have him tell me how it was like living in Harlem in the 50s, and playing stickball with those kids up from the Polo Grounds.
I was looking at apartments a couple of years ago when I was moving back to Harlem and the guy who owns units in the building where Mays used to live showed me the exact apartment that he owned — overlooking Harlem River, you could see both Yankee Stadium and the Polo Grounds from that hill. I think I posted pics of my view from the apartment at the time, but they’re not on here anymore.