Monday, August 29, 2022

Friend Encounters: Doc Gooden and Larry Freda

Friend Encounters is a weekly series featuring friends who have met celebrities.

My east coast friend Larry Freda makes another appearance here. Many of the celebrities he has met are former athletes, particularly former New York athletes.
Today, Larry is pictured with Dwight "Doc" Gooden, who was a star pitcher with the New York Mets and appeared headed for the Hall of Fame. Unfortunately, drug issues derailed his career. He did have a resurgence with the cross town Yankees, followed by a few years bouncing around with the Cleveland Indians, Houston Astros and the Tampa Rays, before finishing his career with the Yankees. Overall he was 192-112. It's just a shame for him and his career drugs cost him so much.
One of these days I hope to actually meet Larry. Until then, I will keep featuring some of his greatest celebrity encounters.
Doc Gooden and Larry Freda in Paramus, NJ-June 2010.

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