The next installment in ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 series will be “Doc & Darryl,” premiering Thursday, July 14, at 9pm ET, according to ESPN Media Zone. Directors Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio will explore the lives and careers of former New York Mets superstars, Dwight “Doc” Gooden and Darryl Strawberry.
They were two of New York City’s biggest superstars, and helped lead the New York Mets to a World Series Championship in 1986. But despite their success on the field, decisions in their personal lives got the better of both men, and led to permanent heartbreak for Mets fans.
To create the film, “Doc & Darryl” reunited at a diner in Queens to reflect on their glory days together in the mid-80s, and the painful experiences they shared as addicts, which altered their paths to becoming baseball hall of famers.
“As a New Yorker and diehard Mets fan, it was an honor to be allowed to explore the lives of two men whose journeys defined my childhood,” says Apatow.
Added Bonfiglio: “Darryl and Dwight have both lived such extreme lives, and trying to understand what drove and continues to drive them has been a truly fascinating experience.”