Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Only Sadness for a Friend

I have only sadness this morning at the news a very good friend in Doc Gooden has tested positive for Cocaine again. As I type its just still hard to fathom that he's probably just being awaken in a Tampa jail cell for breakfast served in some form that allows for any joy or dignity.

I'll only remember the way it was. There was the genuine laughter and horseplay in the clubhouse. There was the wonderful camaraderie at dinner. Gooden was kind and always seemed to identify and befriend the little guys around the team-the trainers, the clubhouse kids, Jay Horwitz. His closeness and loyalty to his family.

Addiction is loneliness and I can imagine Doc feels extremely alone this morning, the uniform and the game a distant memory.

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