The Twitter world has a new member, and he has already found a unique way of announcing it.
Dwight "Doc" Gooden, who was one of the most dominant pitchers of the 1980s as a member of the New York Mets, responded to skepticism about the validity of his Twitter account by posing with an autographed sign that said, "DO YOU BELIEVE ME NOW?" — along with his official Twitter handle, @DocGooden16.
Gooden spent 16 seasons in the majors with six different teams, building a resume that includes four All-Star selections, three World Series titles, an NL Rookie of the Year Award and a Cy Young Award.
He burst onto the MLB scene as a 19-year-old phenom in 1984 when he won 17 games to go along with a 2.60 ERA. He became the youngest player to appear in an All-Star Game that year.
The next season, Gooden earned the pitching Triple Crown, leading the NL in wins (24), ERA (1.53) and strikeouts (268).
But Gooden is also remembered for his off-the-field trouble, which may have kept him from establishing himself as one of baseball's all-time greats. He will be appearing on the VH1 reality series Celebrity Rehab.
The former ace has already tweeted about the Jorge Posada–Joe Girardi controversy and Nelly’s music video wardrobe, as well as a trivia competition and pictures of his meals out on the town.