Here’s some video from SNY showing the Mets excellent tribute to Gary Carter on opening day 2012. The team did a great job bringing in Carter’s widow and kids for the tribute. They have a “Kid 8” patch on their sleeves this year and an image of the patch on the outfield wall.
Carter’s family all threw out the first pitch of the game as well. The Mets did a great job with the tribute to Carter. Check out the video below.
The Mets sent out a picture on Twitter of the patch they’ll be wearing this season in memory of Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter who passed away last week. It’s the second patch the Mets uniforms will have this season. The 2012 uniform will also have a patch celebrating 50 years of the Mets franchise. Of course, much of the team’s marketing this season appears to revolve around the anniversary.
Clearly, the Mets are doing the right thing by honoring Carter. I haven’t talked to anyone that disagrees with that. He was a huge part of one of the Mets most memorable teams in 1986.
The Mets occasionally appear out of touch with Mets fans but on Gary Carter they seem to be doing all the right things. And you have to give them credit for that. I’m the first one to write about the Mets when they’re oblivious to the fans or team history. So I want to make sure that I note that they’ve done the right thing by recognizing the significance that Carter played in the history of the Mets.
In December 1984 I remember being shocked that the Mets could trade for a player as great as Gary Carter. The Expos got Hubie Brooks, Herm Winningham, Mike Fitzgerald, and Floyd Youmans in return. But Carter was great! I remember wondering why the Expos would trade a player of Carter’s caliber. He was a seven time All-Star in 10 seasons with the Expos. It still surprises me to this day.
In his 15 Major League seasons he made $13.3 million. He’d make more than that in ONE season if he was playing now.
The 2003 Hall of Fame inductee and 1986 World Series champion passed away today at age 57 from brain cancer.
Sadly, many media outlets had obituaries ready to publish today. Carter was in tough shape recently so it shouldn’t come as a surprise. But writing an obituary before some dies seems so disturbing to me.
I wanted to link to a few that I thought were worth reading:
Amidst a terrible roadtrip the ’86 Mets, who seem to cast a bigger shadow each season, were outspoken again. This time the whistle blower was Bobby Ojeda. “Bobby O” was once a far cry from the lighthearted commentator you can watch on the SNY pre/post game. In 1986, the former Red Sox starter was a rough around the edges pitcher and arguably the best of a staff of aces. One of his teammates joined the nudging when Darryl Strawberry, for the second time this year, had something to say about the latest installment of disappointing baseball. The last team to win a championship in Queens has been consistently vocal about the Mets’ clubs and their shortcomings. The arrogant and noisy ’86ers won with their ability to talk and back it up on the field. Their brash , no nonsense, say what I want attitude has continued to show up years since they have retired. It must be said however, that there is something about their blunt and impulsive action that still inspires New Yorkers. The shadow only grows with Jerry Manuel’s Mets skidding and Wally Backman hit and running teams to death with the Brooklyn Cyclones. Here are some verbal lashings from the ’86 Champs directed at Mets’ clubs.
Keith Hernandez – 2002
Dubbed by The Seattle Times as “Keith Hernandez VS Mike Piazza” the two traded verbal blows when the disappointing club looked asleep at the wheel. Hernandez, who’s job it was and is still to analyze, might have gone overboard with his quote “The club has no heart; The Mets quit a long time ago. Bobby Valentine could’ve chewed this team out in June when this stuff started creeping in”. Piazza, angered by the comment, shot back with “He’s just trying to make a name at our expense” he continued to add “like he’s a judge of character, who quit or didn’t quit?” Keith stood by his comments but admitted he could have found a better way to put it. Continue reading “Mets 1986 Shadow”
ESPN’s Mike and Mike video interview with Kid Carter trying to explain his comments that appeared to be lobbying for Willie Randolph’s job. It might not be his job for long, but it sure is bad form to publicly posture to be the next manager of the New York Mets.
It’s been well publicized since yesterday that Gary Carter was interviewed on satellite radio and went into great detail about his desire to manage the Mets. He talked about the team’s lack of spark under Willie Randolph and the sub-.500 record that the Mets have had over the last year. He also mentioned that he called the Mets to inquire about the job.
Carter blames the media today instead of his own statements for making him look like he’s throwing dirt on Randolph’s grave. Listen to Carter with Steve Somers on WFAN below.