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Doc helps give Rise, fans a lift

Mets great basks in adoring crowd and returns love


It was not Shea Stadium. It was not Yankee Stadium. It was not Citi Field.

It did not matter.

Because once Dwight Gooden’s name was announced over the loudspeaker at Bill Edwards Stadium on the north of the New York Riptide’s inaugural game Wednesday night, the reaction was the same as the old ballgame Wednesdays at Shea from 1984-94.

The New York Rise with Double Play and Doc Gooden

Dwight Gooden, former MLB pitcher whose No. 16 was recently retired by the Mets, poses for pictures with the New York Rise before an AFP softball game between the Rise and Florida Vibe at Hofstra’s Bill Edwards Stadium on Wednesday. Credit: James Escher

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