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To Drift

June 8th, 2013 by Magdalena Tabor

The blue black night
Divulges none of her
Secrets,
Tucked in the velvet
Of her breast.
Pillowed in sleep,
Dreams toss
In turbulent oceans
Too deep to surface.
Keep your stars.
Your moon
To wax and wane.
To blanket me
With the tide.
To drift.

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The Amazin’ Dwight “Doc” Gooden

June 5th, 2013 by Michael Tabor

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a greater, more exciting black pitcher with a brighter future than the 19 year old Doc. Gooden in 1985 (I was a little too young for Bob Gibson but the comparison is made). How fun !!! How exciting !!!

Look at Doc’s incredible statistics:
1985 – NL Cy Young Award at the tender age of 19.

1986 – How can we forget the 1986 Mets ???

Wikipedia proclaims that in that Cy Young  year, 1985, Dwight Gooden had one of the most statistically dominating single seasons in baseball history:  24 wins, 268 strikeouts and a dizzyingly low ERA of 1.53 (again the comparison with Bob Gibson who had an ERA of 1.12 in 1968; but times were different e.g. a higher mound and baseball didn’t favor offense, sadly like they do today).

2x NL Strikeout champion – 1984 & 1985.

Made the All Star team 4x: 1984, 1985 , 1986, and 1988.

1984 – Rookie of the Year

Pitched a no – hitter in 1996 (ironically for the wrong team. Doc was a Yankee then and if anyone thinks of a N.Y. Met, I suppose one would think of Tom Seaver, Tommie Agee [part of the 1969 Amazin’ Mets organization] and of course “Doc”).


Yes Dwight Gooden was an amazin’ and a rare athlete, the likes of whom we certainly will never see again. I’m not going to talk about the drug and alcohol stuff we all know the story, I just wanted to write a little something about this incredibly, special pitcher who would have been a shoe – in all of famer and made a ton of $$$.

Btw, Dwight is now sober, has written a new book (biography) and I, personally had the good fortune of having heard him on the Leonard Lopate show (WNYC). What struck me was what a nice man he seems to be. Secondly, I learned so much, listening to the show, about the art of throwing a baseball; pitching is a prodigiously difficult science and yes one needs the physical talent and skill set but part of the tool – kit of being a great pitcher is the mechanics of throwing a baseball – just mind – numbing. If you didn’t hear the interview, Dwight talked at length about how his father (a master) taught him about form and the release point which will make or break a pitcher.

So WhaDaYaThink ? What do you think ? What an unspeakably interesting team those 1986 Mets were …. So many characters. I’m now reading a book on Lenny Dykstra “Nails” who is sadly now in prison…you know I’ll be writing about Lenny when I’m done.


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As Is

June 5th, 2013 by Magdalena Tabor

I’m sorry.
It’s broken beyond repair.
I have somehow pieced together
The fragmented shards.
What a little glue can do.
Here’s my heart.

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