Longtime MLB fans should remember former New York Mets superstars Doc Gooden and Darryl Strawberry quite vividly.
The pair, once considered baseball’s top pitcher and hitter, respectively, led the Mets to the 1986 World Series title — the last time the franchise captured a championship. In the years after ’86, however, Gooden and Strawberry’s drug addictions helped derail their baseball careers, and the pair drifted apart over the next 30 years.
The latest in ESPN Films’ “30 For 30” series has changed that. In the exclusive clip above for the upcoming documentary “Doc & Darryl,” you can watch Gooden and Strawberry reunite over iced tea and pie for their first proper, extensive conversation in many years.
“Nobody was there with us when we was going through everything we were going through,” Gooden tells Strawberry in the clip. “You know, playing ball and having to deal with the trials and tribulations.”
Through the film, which was directed by Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio and airs July 14, Gooden and Strawberry take the chance to clear the air and share their baseball and life experiences in the four decades they’ve spent in the spotlight.
It’s an opportunity, as Gooden said, to “think about what it was really like.”