Going into the 1990 season, "Doc" was sitting at 100-39 with a 2.64 ERA. His strikeout totals and 1985 Cy Young Award were reminding New York fans of former Met Tom Seaver and washing helping wash the taste of Pete Falcone and Doug Sisk from their collective mouths.
Patroling rightfield was "Straw" and his canon of an arm. At the plate, he was averaging just more than 30 home runs over the first seven years of his career and had appeared in six straight All-Star Games.
The guys were good. But then, well...then the 90s hit.
Thankfully, the Mets are remembering their past and with their first team Hall of Fame induction since 2002...are honoring Gooden and Strawberry (along with 1986 World Series winnnig manager Davey Johnson and team architect Frank Cashen) by making them the first inductees in the team's NEW Hall of Fame at Citi Field.
I could go on and on...or just point you in the direction of two great stories on the subject.
The first is by friend of The Hall Dan Levy over at The Sporting Blog and the second is from New Jersey Online. All in all..both stellar reads.