It's crazy what a big deal Gooden was twenty years ago. I can remember Gooden baseball cards being like gold back in the mid-80s. They seemed like decent investments too, after all he was a certain Hall of Famer right?
And now he's headed to jail:
Former baseball star Dwight Gooden was sentenced Wednesday to a year and a day in prison for violating probation by using cocaine.
The 41-year-old pitcher was serving three years' probation for speeding away from a police officer during a drunken driving stop when he admitted last month to a probation officer that he had used cocaine.
The craziest part of this whole mess might be that Gooden is still only 41. If he'd been able to stay clean he'd probably still be pitching.