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Baseball Hall of Famer Gary Carter Dies.
The Globe and Mail ^ | Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012 5:27PM EST | Jeff Blair

Posted on 02/16/2012 5:10:38 PM PST by mkleesma

His nickname served Gary Carter well right up to his final days. “The Kid.” Once and always, “The Kid.” As his long-time friend Dave Van Horne says, even when it became clear that Mr. Carter’s battle with a particularly aggressive form of brain cancer was being lost, if a baseball person ran into him, it was the same. It was always, “Hey, how ya doing, Kid?”

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: baseball; carter; gary; great
Truly sad - A real class act.
1 posted on 02/16/2012 5:10:51 PM PST by mkleesma
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To: mkleesma
He was my age .. sigh

RIP Kid

2 posted on 02/16/2012 5:13:05 PM PST by tomkat ( FUbo)
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To: mkleesma

Johnny Bench’s successor as baseball’s best catcher. Sorry to hear this - way too young to die.


3 posted on 02/16/2012 5:15:31 PM PST by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: mkleesma

RIP to a good player who always gave his best. Way too young.


4 posted on 02/16/2012 5:23:56 PM PST by Ditto (Nov 2, 2010 -- Partial cleaning accomplished. More trash to remove in 2012)
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To: mkleesma

I will always treasure 1986. Rest in Peace Gary.

Prayers to your family.


5 posted on 02/16/2012 5:37:19 PM PST by onona (Dicky Betts is one ramblin man !)
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To: mkleesma

Gary was a former classmate of mine at Sunny Hills high in Fullerton California (2 years behind me). I’m very saddened by the passing of a great guy!


6 posted on 02/16/2012 5:38:59 PM PST by cartoonistx
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To: mkleesma
Any member of the 1986 World Champion Mets team has my undying love and respect. Great player and great guy. RIP.


7 posted on 02/16/2012 5:45:25 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: mkleesma

RIP Gary. As a lifelong Mets fan you gave me a great deal of joy.

Here’s a piece I read a few weeks ago that says it better than I can.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/web/COM1194101/1/index.htm


8 posted on 02/16/2012 5:49:39 PM PST by garv (Conservatism in '12)
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To: mkleesma

RIP, Kid!


9 posted on 02/16/2012 5:52:49 PM PST by toothfairy86
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To: garv

That is a very well written and concise piece. Thanks for posting.


10 posted on 02/16/2012 5:56:04 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: mkleesma

Geez, that just sucks! Last I saw the guy he was a picture of health. At least that’s how I can remember him now.

My sympathy to the family, friends, and associates.

Really sad to hear about this.


11 posted on 02/16/2012 5:57:04 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Abortion? No. Gov't heath care? No. Gore on warming? No. McCain on immigration? No.)
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To: onona

Absolutely. 1986. I remember those games so well. Bless his family. What a loss. So sad.


12 posted on 02/16/2012 5:59:34 PM PST by DallasSun (Courage~Fear that has said its prayers.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Carter and Bobby Ojeda were my two favorites in that 1986 series. Such a loss.


13 posted on 02/16/2012 6:00:46 PM PST by DallasSun (Courage~Fear that has said its prayers.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

The KID was a member of the Montreal Expos before joining the NY Mets. We love ya Kid —RIP.


14 posted on 02/16/2012 6:10:11 PM PST by tflabo (Truth or tyranny)
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To: Lazlo in PA

In 1986 I was in my future in-law’s living room watching game six with a whole bunch of fellow Met fans. When there were two out I crouched next to the TV so I could turn it off and not have to watch the Red Sox celebrate.

Then Gary got a hit and I took a step back. Then Kevin Mitchell and I took another step away. Then Ray Knight and I sat down. Then Mookie and history.

That was one of the great moments of unrestrained joy I’ve ever had and without Gary Carter it never happens.


15 posted on 02/16/2012 6:22:49 PM PST by garv (Conservatism in '12)
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Don’t remember...did Knight score all the way from first on Buckner’s error?


16 posted on 02/16/2012 6:29:41 PM PST by ez (When you're a hammer, everything looks like a nail.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Pic saved...thanks, FRiend.


17 posted on 02/16/2012 6:31:37 PM PST by ez (When you're a hammer, everything looks like a nail.)
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To: ez

No, Mitchell scored on the wild pitch and Knight moved to second.

That’s one of the funny things about that game, Buckner needs a security detail in Boston, but the game was already tied on Stanley’s wild pitch and he put the winning run in scoring position.

Plus, Mookie’s 57-hopper was the culmination of a 10 pitch at bat.


18 posted on 02/16/2012 6:34:25 PM PST by garv (Conservatism in '12)
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19 posted on 02/16/2012 7:05:16 PM PST by RedMDer (Forward With Confidence!)
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To: Ditto
I saw Gary Carter when he was managing the OC (Fullerton CA) Flyers in the Golden League. He looked like he could still play a innings behind the plate.
20 posted on 02/16/2012 7:10:29 PM PST by chrisinoc
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To: mkleesma

Sad news. I enjoyed watching him play. Peace to GC and his family.


21 posted on 02/16/2012 7:15:00 PM PST by South40 (Mitt is full of Shtt)
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To: Lazlo in PA
I hated everything about that 1986 Mets team.

Well -- almost everything. There was this one guy who just stood out as a class act, an all-time baseball great, and a bundle of energy who stood for everything a sports fan would want to see in his team: enthusiasm and a hard-nosed, never-say-die competitive spirit.

Where have you gone, Gary Carter? A nation turns its lonely eyes to you.

22 posted on 02/16/2012 7:17:43 PM PST by Alberta's Child ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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To: mkleesma

I always hated Gary Carter no matter where he was playing—until he came to the Giants for a year, and I grew to like him a lot. Changed my whole opinion of him.


23 posted on 02/16/2012 8:07:56 PM PST by Colinsky
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To: Lazlo in PA

although I am Yankees fan, the 1986 mets are LEGEND!


24 posted on 02/16/2012 8:12:20 PM PST by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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