I still vividly remember the double he hit in his last MLB at bat to drive in the winning run in a 1-0 game over the Cubs in '92. You Mets borrowed him for a few years and I rooted for him to win that WS in '86, but he started and ended as an Expo.
RIP Kid... very sad.. great memories... Loved him as an expo and remember how excited we were when they announced trade to mets during Monday night football game.. homer to win first game at shea.. 86 WS game 6 single , etc etc...
He was a real good man. I had the pleasure of hearing about my older brother meeting him at a baseball camp in Kings Park back in 1981 or 1982. He's got a picture with him somewhere.
I'm not an "RIP" kind of guy, simply because that doesn't mean that much to me. For me, the point of feel terribly for Gary Carter came when he was diagnosed with this cancer. It was known fairly immediately that he would be leaving us quite soon. I take some comfort in knowing that the suffering is over for him, as I would venture to guess that he spent the final months of his life in considerable physical pain and the emotional pain of knowing that he would be leaving family and friends behind. For the family and friends who remain, I do feel some sorrow for them. This is prolonged agony, as they knew that what happened yesterday was imminent, and now the reality can't be any easier. They'll never get over this, but they can take some comfort in knowing that their father, her husband, and their grandfather was a great baseball player, a well liked man, and seemingly did right by all. He's the envy of many who knew him, including the likes of Darryl Strawberry, who said that he wished he could have lived the life that Gary Carter lived. It's kind of wrenching and kind of satisfying to see him in the old videos. Satisfying in that he played with such enthusiasm and he loved his job, but wrenching in knowing that from that point in time, particularly 1986, he would only live for another 25 1/2 years. I'm a Yankee fan, but I have appreciation for great players and great teams. During the Gary Carter years, up until 1989, the Mets were a great team!