The Gary Carter Saga
As the great Gary Carter's life approaches its end, here's a poignant story that appeared this morning:
Gary Carter dies at age 57
Former New York Mets Hall-of-Fame catcher Gary Carter died Thursday at age 57.
"I am deeply saddened to tell you all that my precious dad went to be with Jesus today at 4:10 pm.," his daughter Kimmy Bloemers wrote on the family's website. "This is the most difficult thing I have ever had to write in my entire life but I wanted you all to know. He is in heaven and has reunited with his mom and dad. I believe with all my heart that dad had a STANDING OVATION as he walked through the gates of heaven to be with Jesus."
The Carter family has granted ESPN access to the family website to inform the public.
Carter originally was diagnosed with four brain tumors last May. In recent months, the family hoped that, with chemotherapy and other treatments, the tumors were in check. But in January, the family revealed that doctors found several new tumors on Carter's brain.
Carter made a public appearace at the beginning of the month, going to Opening Day for the college baseball team he coached.
Last spring, after experiencing headaches and forgetfulness, Carter underwent an MRI that revealed four small tumors.
Carter, an 11-time All Star, was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003 after retiring in 1992. He finished his 19-year career with a .262 average, 324 home runs and 1,225 RBIs.
"Gary's enthusiasm, giving spirit and infectious smile will always be remembered in Cooperstown," said Jane Forbes Clark, chairman of the board of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. "Our thoughts are with Sandy, Christy, Kimmie, DJ and the entire Carter family on this very sad day."
The effervescent Carter, nicknamed "Kid," is perhaps best known for helping the New York Mets win the 1986 World Series. He had 24 homers and 105 RBIs that season, then drove in 11 runs in the playoffs.
"When you think of the great baseball field generals, you think Gary Carter," Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson said in a statement. "He ran the game from behind the plate with strong leadership and passion. The Kid's contribution to our national pastime is big, but his heart was even bigger. We'll always remember his caring way, ever-present smile and strong devotion to family, community and the Baseball Hall of Fame."
He will be missed.
no surprise since an inoperable brain tumor is a death sentence
NY TIMES had his obit all ready to run the minute his death was confirmed
but still very sad .... he was a smiling upbeat guy
wish I saw him play in Montreal
wish MLB never left Montreal
in the Hall of Fame with his Montreal Expos cap on
this shouldnt be just a sports thread, it should be over on the main lounge
Agreed on all counts.
Originally Posted by Morris Wanchuk
Gary Carter actually had several inoperable brain tumors, not just one. I knew it was just a matter of time until we heard these sad news. Strange, but i woke up this morning thinking about him & wondering how he was doing, asking myself how long it'll be until we hear the news of his death.
VIP-9 Coming This Fall
Great Expo and Met, he will be greatly missed......R.I.P.
I know a few who won't.
Originally Posted by Octavian
Gary Carter was a baseball icon for not only Montreal, but for Quebec & also Canada. He was also a great guy off the field. I'll never forget his final at-bat, when he hit that run-scoring double in right-center field.
someone tweeted this .....
"After Maurice Richard passed in 2000, the Expos placed a No. 9 patch on their jerseys for the rest of the season"
is that true?
wonder if the Habs will do it for GCs #8
they are doing something Sunday vs Devils
Gary Carter: the light of the Mets
by Tom Verducci, Sports Illustrated
Gary Carter's memorial draws over one thousand in Florida