Next up at bat for ESPN’s 30 for 30 series? Judd Apatow.
The Trainwreck and This is 40 filmmaker will helm Doc & Daryl alongside Michael Bonfiglio (“You Don’t Know Bo”), ESPN announced at its upfronts on Tuesday. The project will explore the lives and careers of former New York Mets stars Dwight “Doc” Gooden and Daryl Strawberry.
Reunited at a diner in Queens, the duo reflect on “the glory days of the mid-’80s and the harrowing nights that turned them from surefire Hall of Famers into prisoners of their own addictions,” according to the film’s official summary.
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“We were interested in understanding the men behind the headlines, and what drove them to their spectacular highs and lows,” Apatow and Bonfiglio added. “We hope that this film humanizes Doc and Darryl, and in doing so sheds light on issues that we can all relate to in our own lives or the lives of those around us.”
Gooden and Strawberry won a World Series with the Mets in 1986, and both players won Rookie of the Year awards in their respective debut seasons. Gooden was also award the National League Cy Young Award in 1985. But the pair’s meteoric rise coincided with substance abuse issues. Both players were suspended by Major League Baseball for using drugs. Gooden even missed the Mets’ 1986 ticket-tape parade after winning the World Series because he had done too much cocaine the night of the team’s deciding victory.
Doc & Daryl will air July 14 at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN. Watch a trailer for it below.