Friday, February 17, 2012
Former Mets Catcher Gary Carter Dies of Cancer
Nicknamed "The Kid", Carter was the battery behind the 108-win Mets team of 1986. He might be best known for starting the two-out rally in Game 6 of the World Series against Boston that ended with Ray Knight jumping for joy down the third base line as Mookie Wilson's dribbler made Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner a marked man in Beantown, but from all accounts he was an even better person.
I never met Gary Carter, but whenever I saw him on television he always had a smile on his face. It's funny that of all the Mets players that had issues on those 80s teams, Dwight "Doc" Gooden (drugs), Darryl Strawberry (drugs & alcohol), Lenny Dykstra (alcohol), Kevin Mitchell, Keith Hernandez and more, Carter, who was never in the tabloids, never in the news for anything illegal or stupid, was the first to die.