Dwight Gooden didn't oversleep when he missed a parade celebrating the New York Mets' World Series championship in 1986.
Instead, Gooden said in an interview scheduled to air on ESPN's "E-60" on Wednesday night that he was sitting in an apartment of a drug dealer with people he didn't know, too stoned and too paranoid to join the celebration in Manhattan.
The 1984 National League Rookie of the Year and 2005 Cy Young Award winner, Gooden said he first tried cocaine during the 1986 season.
"And it was love at first sight, unfortunately," he said.
Gooden detailed how he was partying in the hours leading up to the parade, eventually winding up in the projects on Long Island.
"Then you know what time you have to be at the ballpark to go into the city for the parade, but I'm thinking, 'OK, I got time.' And the clocks, I mean the rooms are spinning," he said. "I said, 'OK, I'll leave in another hour.' Then the next thing you know the parade's on and I'm watching the parade on TV.