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Tuesday, August 05, 2014

HuffPost | Darryl Strawberry Confirms One Of Baseball’s Most Disturbing Urban Legends

Though Dwight “Doc” Gooden certainly had a fascinating career on the baseball diamond, a revelation in his 1999 autobiography, “Heat,” has been urban legend ever since the book’s release. Gooden writes in the book that teammate Kevin Mitchell, in an argument with his girlfriend, ended up decapitating her cat, something Mitchell has since disputed.

Coot Veal and Cot Deal taste like Old Bay Posted: August 05, 2014 at 07:19 PM | 48 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. RMc is a fine piece of cheese Posted: August 06, 2014 at 07:03 AM (#4765314)
Sweet Jeebus. I was just talking to my cat-loving Yankee fan friend about this the other day.
   2. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: August 06, 2014 at 07:14 AM (#4765317)
Gooden writes in the book that teammate Kevin Mitchell, in an argument with his girlfriend, ended up decapitating her cat,

Mitchell then blended the cat's corpse with Vicks Vap-o-rub and marketed it as the pregame snack of champions.
   3. Jeltzandini Posted: August 06, 2014 at 07:37 AM (#4765323)
I'd totally forgotten that Mitchell won the 1989 MVP.

His wiki page shows a fair amount of violent behavior through the years. Not sure if it's as much as you'd expect from a cat head chopper, which is pure psychopathy.
   4. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: August 06, 2014 at 07:55 AM (#4765331)
This almost makes me want to tell my "cat story," but I'll refrain, as I long ago identified it was not something a lot of cat enthusiasts would appreciate despite the story's absence of violence.

Anyway, I'm not much of an animal person, but my girlfriend adopted a cat from a shelter last year after her previous one got outside and disappeared. He was really annoying at first, but I'll be damned if the stupid guy hasn't grown on me. I can't imagine harming the little Rocket Raccoon look-a-like, regardless of how heated a dispute between my better half and I got.
   5. bunyon Posted: August 06, 2014 at 08:12 AM (#4765336)
It's even better; he did this barehanded!
   6. AROM Posted: August 06, 2014 at 08:37 AM (#4765340)
Once a friend was visiting some people who just got a kitten. They talked about it needing to be neutered. He said he could take care of that, got a good grip underneath, and yanked. Freaked everyone out, but he was just kidding. Found out later the cat was female anyway.

As for my cats, I have never told them about Kevin Mitchell.
   7. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: August 06, 2014 at 09:20 AM (#4765354)
Something like this should entail serious jail time. If only b/c a person is likely to be next.
   8. Yoenis Cespedes, Baseball Savant Posted: August 06, 2014 at 09:35 AM (#4765365)
I laughed at #5 more than I should.
   9. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: August 06, 2014 at 09:58 AM (#4765378)
Ugh. I didn't want to know this. Man, if someone wanted to hurt one of my cats I don't know what I would do. But it wouldn't be rational and it might get me into a lot of trouble. I love those little fur balls. I didn't grow up with cats and fell into life with cats with my then-girlfriend and now wife. I can't imagine life without them now, though. I retroactively want to go back in time and smack my younger self for rooting for Kevin Mitchell and I need to throw the Kevin Mitchell autographed t-shirt my brother got for me in the trash.

#5 was damned funny, though. I actually watched that game live on tv. It was a fun play! Mitchell also had one of the more amazing singles I ever saw hit. It was just a normal single--a looping liner over the shortstop's head--but it was amazing for the lack of effort it took him to hit it. It's hard to put it in words just how simple he made that particular hit look. Duane Kuiper was announcing the game and had to emphasize several times that hitting MLB pitching wasn't that easy. Despite all that, #### you Mitchell.
   10. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: August 06, 2014 at 10:04 AM (#4765383)
Kevin Mitchell, please die in a fire.

Better yet, don't. Linger for a long time instead.
   11. Non-Youkilidian Geometry Posted: August 06, 2014 at 10:27 AM (#4765402)
It's an appalling story if it is true. But ...

Snopes has the relevant excerpt from Gooden's book, in which Gooden claims to have personally witnessed the incident, and says further that there were two other people present (besides him and Mitchell): specifically, Mitchell's (unnamed) girlfriend, and a card show entrepreneur (who Gooden names). Strawberry wasn't there. For his part, Mitchell vehemently denies Gooden's allegation and says Gooden made up the story.

Since on Gooden's own account Strawberry wasn't present, he's hardly in a position to "confirm" anything.

(For what it's worth, Snopes also has an extract from a book by Jeff Pearlman in which Pearlman describes witnessing a confrontation between Mitchell and Gooden about the book, in which Gooden's response was to deny responsibility for the inclusion of the cat story in his own autobiography).
   12. Petunia inquires about ponies Posted: August 06, 2014 at 10:28 AM (#4765404)
I'll shoot myself in the head if you can tell me that cat's name!
   13. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: August 06, 2014 at 10:42 AM (#4765425)
(For what it's worth, Snopes also has an extract from a book by Jeff Pearlman in which Pearlman describes witnessing a confrontation between Mitchell and Gooden about the book, in which Gooden's response was to deny responsibility for the inclusion of the cat story in his own autobiography).


Citing Jeff Pearlman is worse than not citing a source at all.
   14. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: August 06, 2014 at 10:49 AM (#4765430)
Kevin Mitchell, please die in a fire.

Better yet, don't. Linger for a long time instead.


Isn't that a bit extreme?
   15. billyshears Posted: August 06, 2014 at 10:59 AM (#4765442)
How does one "end up" decapitating a cat? Were they calmly tossing cleavers at each other when the cat crossed their path and . . .ooops!
   16. JE (Jason) Posted: August 06, 2014 at 11:02 AM (#4765446)
In the SI story recapping Game 6 of the 1986 World Series, it was reported that Kevin Mitchell had already disrobed when Carter was coming to bat with two outs and no one on. In a great haste to put the uni back on, he didn't bother to put on his underwear, jockstrap, and cup.
   17. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: August 06, 2014 at 11:14 AM (#4765467)

#9 is pretty much exactly how I feel. I also didn't grow up as a cat person, but being married to one has turned me into a crazy cat man. I also think less of Strawberry for calling Mitchell a "great guy" and thinking this is "a pretty good story" (although I can't watch the full interview at work so perhaps he's being taken out of context).
   18. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: August 06, 2014 at 11:17 AM (#4765469)
In the SI story recapping Game 6 of the 1986 World Series, it was reported that Kevin Mitchell had already disrobed when Carter was coming to bat with two outs and no one on. In a great haste to put the uni back on, he didn't bother to put on his underwear, jockstrap, and cup.

And yet with the Kramer look and all down below, he still managed to get one of the hits that saved the Mets' season.
   19. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: August 06, 2014 at 11:17 AM (#4765470)
Isn't that a bit extreme?


OK, you're right. I'll accept instant death instead (assuming, of course, that the account is true; if not, for "Kevin Mitchell" insert "people who have actually committed this revolting crime").
   20. Batman Posted: August 06, 2014 at 11:35 AM (#4765487)
I've always heard that Darryl Strawberry will "confirm" anything you ask him about, as long as it's about somebody else.
   21. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: August 06, 2014 at 11:35 AM (#4765488)
How does one "end up" decapitating a cat? Were they calmly tossing cleavers at each other when the cat crossed their path and . . .ooops!


"About a week ago I accidentally slept with a prostitute."

"Really?"

"Yes."

"You accidentally slept with a prostitute?"

"A call girl."

"Accidentally?"

"Yes."

"I don't understand. Did you trip over something?"
   22. Bitter Mouse Posted: August 06, 2014 at 11:40 AM (#4765493)
#21. I just re-watched that episode. Netflix makes it easy to waste time watching TV.
   23. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: August 06, 2014 at 11:41 AM (#4765494)
Well, when Dave Stewart got arrested for trying to pick up an undercover transvestite cop in a parking lot, his defense was "I thought you were a woman". For awhile after that, his Dodgers teammates nicknamed him "Oops".
   24. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: August 06, 2014 at 11:44 AM (#4765498)
For the record, I'd walk over a pile of your corpses to pick up one of my dogs or cats. I like my dogs and cats. You guys are mere humans.
   25. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: August 06, 2014 at 11:51 AM (#4765505)
OK, you're right. I'll accept instant death instead (assuming, of course, that the account is true; if not, for "Kevin Mitchell" insert "people who have actually committed this revolting crime").


Do you also support the death penalty for crimes against humans?
   26. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: August 06, 2014 at 11:57 AM (#4765518)
Do you also support the death penalty for crimes against humans?


Killing humans is good.
   27. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: August 06, 2014 at 12:01 PM (#4765523)
Do you also support the death penalty for crimes against humans?


If someone out there decapitates or tortures a child, I don't think I'd shed too many tears over his/her execution.
   28. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: August 06, 2014 at 12:03 PM (#4765525)
Killing humans is good.

While not agreeing with this, there are reasons that make killing a human understandable, if not OK. There are no possible reasons for decapitating someone's pet.
   29. Joey B. "disrespects the A" Posted: August 06, 2014 at 12:06 PM (#4765527)
Holy cr*p, I never heard this story until now. I knew those mid 80s Mets were a bunch of psychos (everyone already knew that), but this is beyond the pale.

And I seriously doubt that even Gooden or Strawberry on one of their month-long cocaine benders would fabricate something sick like this.
   30. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: August 06, 2014 at 12:10 PM (#4765530)
Aaaaaaand I find myself co-signing consecutive posts by not only snapper but also Joey B.

I need to go lie down. After turning in my RDP card.

   31. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: August 06, 2014 at 12:35 PM (#4765553)
If someone out there decapitates or tortures a child, I don't think I'd shed too many tears over his/her execution.


So, child = pet cat I am assuming? Also assuming you would feel this way about any murder involving a pet cat/child, not just decapitation? Do you extend the same feeling towards other animals?


There were issues with prairie dogs in a town I used to live in, some people went apeshit over someone shooting prairie dogs that were eating her garden. Just wondering where you would stand on that.
   32. Jeltzandini Posted: August 06, 2014 at 01:05 PM (#4765574)
One can easily go down the road of comparing the morality of a slaughterhouse worker who bolt-guns 200 cows a day for decades to a guy who decapitates one cat. All sorts of ethical continuums can be sketched out, and the arbitrariness of drawn lines pointed out.

The point about Mitchell's alleged action* though is more about what kind of person would get annoyed by a cat at a party and respond by cutting its head off. And the answer to that is that a person like that is very likely to be a psychopath whose malevolence will not be contained to that situation. The slaughterhouse guy's daily actions don't give us any reason to suspect his mental state.

*which seems very much in the "maybe but unproven" category
   33. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: August 06, 2014 at 01:11 PM (#4765580)
One can easily go down the road of comparing the morality of a slaughterhouse worker who bolt-guns 200 cows a day for decades to a guy who decapitates one cat. All sorts of ethical continuums can be sketched out, and the arbitrariness of drawn lines pointed out.

The point about Mitchell's alleged action* though is more about what kind of person would get annoyed by a cat at a party and respond by cutting its head off. And the answer to that is that a person like that is very likely to be a psychopath whose malevolence will not be contained to that situation. The slaughterhouse guy's daily actions don't give us any reason to suspect his mental state.

*which seems very much in the "maybe but unproven" category


The slaughterhouse guy, to me, is more akin to someone in the military, who may kill dozens or hundreds of enemies, b/c it's a job that society has decided needs to be done, and he does it. There's no personal animus or rage or evil behind his actions.

I'd much rather hire someone to watch my (hypothetical) kids who killed 1000 people in the military, b/c it was his job, than who killed one cat, for shits and grins.
   34. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: August 06, 2014 at 01:15 PM (#4765582)
The point about Mitchell's alleged action* though is more about what kind of person would get annoyed by a cat at a party and respond by cutting its head off. And the answer to that is that a person like that is very likely to be a psychopath whose malevolence will not be contained to that situation. The slaughterhouse guy's daily actions don't give us any reason to suspect his mental state.


And yet aside from punching a few people Mitchell has managed to contain his malevolent psychopathic tendencies and has not killed indiscriminately. The guy clearly has some anger issues but just because someone harms a pet does not mean they are the effed in the head. Some people either just don't care or actually actively don't like pets.
   35. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: August 06, 2014 at 01:16 PM (#4765584)

I'd much rather hire someone to watch my (hypothetical) kids who killed 1000 people in the military, b/c it was his job, than who killed one cat, for shits and grins.


You ever know anyone with PTSD? Sign me up for the cat killer.
   36. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: August 06, 2014 at 01:20 PM (#4765595)
Shooty exits stage left. Y'all have fun!
   37. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: August 06, 2014 at 01:23 PM (#4765599)
Shooty exits stage left. Y'all have fun!


Troll.
   38. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: August 06, 2014 at 02:28 PM (#4765658)
What he did to that cat was not Kevin Mitchell's fault. George wouldn't tell him about the rabbits, and Kevin just got overscared.
   39. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: August 06, 2014 at 02:45 PM (#4765674)
And yet aside from punching a few people Mitchell has managed to contain his malevolent psychopathic tendencies and has not killed indiscriminately. The guy clearly has some anger issues but just because someone harms a pet does not mean they are the effed in the head. Some people either just don't care or actually actively don't like pets.

If you read the story as told by Gooden at that Snopes link, you'll see that Mitchell not only killed the cat, but implicitly threatened three people with a knife as well. If the story is true it paints a pretty scary picture.
   40. zonk Posted: August 06, 2014 at 02:50 PM (#4765681)
The Cylons among us would like to know where you all were when Kevin Mitchell crushed that poor exercise bike in spring training for Cleveland when he tried to do a wheel on it.

Cat killing, you'll call for death... Destroy a simple machine with your sociopathy and you all giggle?
   41. billyshears Posted: August 06, 2014 at 03:00 PM (#4765690)
Put me down on the side opposed to random cat decapitation.
   42. flournoy Posted: August 06, 2014 at 03:06 PM (#4765700)
It sounds like this was no random cat, but a cat specifically selected. Sign billyshears up!
   43. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: August 06, 2014 at 03:10 PM (#4765709)
Having known some cats in my day, I have to ask an uncomfortable question: do we know for sure Mitchell wasn't acting in self-defense?
   44. Nasty Nate Posted: August 06, 2014 at 03:17 PM (#4765722)
I'm sick of people like billyshears and Albert Belle being in favor of specific cat decapitation!
   45. billyshears Posted: August 06, 2014 at 03:28 PM (#4765738)
It sounds like this was no random cat, but a cat specifically selected


Fair point. Certain specifically selected cats gots to go.
   46. Srul Itza Posted: August 06, 2014 at 04:03 PM (#4765776)
And yet aside from punching a few people Mitchell has managed to contain his malevolent psychopathic tendencies and has not killed indiscriminately


That we know of . . .

Until somebody checked in his ice box, Jeffrey Dahmer seemed like just another quiet guy.
   47. simon bedford Posted: August 06, 2014 at 04:27 PM (#4765805)
i am a mets fan and there are very few players on that 86 team whos word i was take at face value, and gooden and strawberry aint two of them.
   48. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: August 06, 2014 at 04:41 PM (#4765831)
It's not as bad as it sounds. I heard that the cat came back, the very next day. Gooden thought he was a goner, but the cat just couldn't stay away.

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