Thursday, February 16, 2012

Remembering Gary Carter

Arsenal are taking a back seat today as the sad news that Gary Carter has died from brain cancer was announced this afternoon.  The former Mets catcher was first diagnosed with brain tumors less than a year ago and the disease quickly took his life in an incredibly cruel fashion.

For Mets fans, Carter will always be remembered as the catcher for the 1986 World Series Championship team. His single in the bottom of the 10th inning of Game 6 with the Mets down by 2 runs with 2 out was the catalyst for one of the most incredible comebacks in baseball history. The image of Carter celebrating in the arms of pitcher Jesse Orosco after the Mets clinched the series is one of those indelible images forever ingrained in the minds of all Mets fans.

The Hall of Famer is being spoke of in glowing terms by his former teammates and fellow players. In a testament to his love of the game, Carter showed up to opening night of Palm Beach Atlantic University's season just two weeks ago tonight. As the team's head coach, Carter was committed to being there for the start of the new season despite his grave condition.                                                                                  Gary Carter is gone too soon. He will be missed but always remembered.

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