Almighty Fuji asks...
Who were your childhood favorites (players)? Do you collect their cards & memorabilia? If so, what's your favorite item (of your favorite childhood player) in your collection?
Dwight was amazing. He was young, dynamic, had the fastball from hell and man, were his stats out of sight! I was a little stat geek. If you know me now, picture me exactly the same, 2 feet shorter with pieces of paper with stats on them coming out of my ears. I could tell you most players stats in season up to the day. I spent hours on the box scores in the daily newspaper (that's like mlb.com or baseball-reference.com for those of you who are less than 25).
So Gooden's 24-4 record and 1.53 ERA in 1985, or his rookie record 276 K's really floated my boat.
His subsequent drop-off, both personally and professionally, has dimmed the sheer awesomeness over the years, but I still like, and even somewhat collect, Doc. I have all the cards from his playing career that I want except one.
Yeah, that 1984 Fleer Update set is brutal ain't it?