Doc Gooden Surprises Residents At NY Assisted Living Facility

Peter Haskell
August 10, 2020 - 4:56 pm
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WALKILL, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — This is just what the doctor ordered.

Baseball fans can't go to the ballpark because of the pandemic, but the Mets are bringing former players to fans who can use a smile.

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Some residents at Braemar Assisted Living Facility in Wallkill had the chance to chat with former Mets pitcher Dwight "Doc" Gooden via Zoom last Thursday.

Wearing Mets T-shirts and caps, the residents launched into a a brief "Let's Go Mets" chant before Gooden fielded their questions.

"I had my share of difficulties at times and some one was always there to cheer me up when I needed it most, and this is my way of giving back," said Gooden, who has struggled with addiction.

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The World Series champ thanked residents for their support. 

"You guys gave me a lot of energy at Shea Stadium," he told them.

It's been months since the facility had visitos because of the coronavirus pandemic and Gooden is glad to bring some joy.

"This has really been just a rainbow for us," said facility administrator Jennifer Hovnanian.

The virtual visit was part of the Mets Amazin’ Alumni Series. It was moderated by Jay Horwitz, Vice President of Alumni Public Relations and Team Historian for the New York Mets, and Erica Wells, Assistant, External Affairs and Community Engagement for the New York Mets.

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