Mookie Wilson says he and the Mets did not do enough to protect Darryl Strawberry and Doc Gooden from negative influences early on in their playing days (YouTube, May 2).
“They were young, in the city, they were both superstars, and I don’t think we did enough to prepare them for the pitfalls of fame in New York,” Wilson explained to ESPN’s Keith Olbermann. “It was either we ignored it or didn’t see the signs that were there. We’re talking about two human beings, and we dropped the ball.”
Wilson has been on a promotional tour discussing his new book Mookie: Life, Baseball, and the ’86 Mets.