Star-Crossed focusses on the parallel baseball careers of Darryl Strawberry and Dwight Gooden, who both were New York stars who struggled with alcohol and drugs which led to impaired careers. The ballplayer’s ups and downs are presented as a Shakespearean tragedy, and originally aired on ESPN.

Star-Crossed (2002) Sport | 60min | TV Special 24 February 2002 7.6
Director: Stephen Palgon, Todd PellegrinoWriter: Stephen Palgon, Todd PellegrinoStars: Sean Patrick Thomas, Darryl Strawberry, Dwight GoodenSummary: The parallel baseball careers and lives of former New York superstars Dwight Gooden and Darryl Strawberry are treated as Shakespearean tragedy in this uniquely styled documentary. The character study features applicable readings from the playwright's works intertwined with comments from sports journalists, including Keith Olbermann, Len Berman and the late Dick Schaap. Topics covered include Gooden's and Strawberry's difficult childhoods in Tampa and Los Angeles, respectively; their meteoric rise and fall with the Mets in the 1980s; their battles with drug addiction and legal troubles; and their resurfacing in the Big Apple as Yankees in the mid-1990s.


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