We first learned Kirk Radomski's name when he pleaded guilty to dealing steroids in April 2007. The former Mets clubhouse boy allegedly dealt performance enhancers to players from the Mets, Yankees and other teams for many years, and his testimony to the Mitchell Report resulted in many of the document's juiciest findings. When the history of baseball's steroid era is written, Radomski's name will be all over it.
His connection to the seamier side of baseball may not have stopped there. On ESPN's "Outside the Lines," Radomski claims that he used to take urine tests for Dwight Gooden when the pitcher was with the Mets. Gooden wanted to avoid detection for cocaine use, not steroids.
"I took a drug test for him twice," Radomski said. "He came in one day and he came up to me and the pee guy was there, as we called him. [Gooden] says, 'Could you pee for me?' I said, 'Doc, what am I going to do? How are we going to do this?' So I said, 'Let me think about it.'"
Gooden, who failed three drug tests between 1987 and 1994 and was suspended for the entire 1995 season, responded to ESPN's request for comment with a text message reading "LOL." If that's a denial, it would be a lot more vehement coming from a 12-year old girl than a 44-year old with a record.
Gooden was never accused of having sound judgment but asking a steroid user to take drug tests for you may have been one of the smarter things he ever did. Baseball didn't test for PEDs during Gooden's career so other than a lab rat marvelling at his elevated testosterone count there wasn't much downside.
Radomski's quickly gone from obscurity to a Forrest Gump-like role in baseball history. Was that Radomski flashing signs to the Giants in 1951? Was he corking Sammy Sosa's bat? He'll likely claim both if it keeps him in the headlines.