Newsspot – Gary Carter, Star Catcher Who Helped Mets to Series Title, Dies at 57

You know, it always saddens me to hear when people die. 2012 has really only just started, and already we’ve had numerous deaths and the demise of the ever-famous Whitney Houston just this week. What saddens me more is they age that they’re dying at. Some, such as Gary Carter, are dying of illnesses that probably weren’t caused by themselves, but just happened, wheras some like Whitney, take to drugs and an unhealthy lifestyle.

Anyway, emotional paragraph over, lets read this weeks post!

Gary Carter, Star Catcher Who Helped Mets to Series Title, Dies at 57

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Gary Carter, right, in 1986. He played with intensity and flair and was an 11-time All-Star. More Photos »

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Published: February 16, 2012
Gary Carter, the slugging catcher known as Kid for the sheer joy he took in playing baseball, who entered the Hall of Fame as a Montreal Expo but who most famously helped propel the Mets to their dramatic 1986 World Series championship, died Thursday in West Palm Beach, Fla. He was 57.

The cause was brain cancer, which had been diagnosed last May. Carter had been treated with chemotherapy and radiation, but his daughter Kimmy Bloemers said in mid-January that new tumors had been discovered. She announced his death on her family journal at CaringBridge.org.

Carter played with intensity and flair, hitting 324 home runs and punctuating many of the ones he hit at Shea Stadium with arm-flailing curtain calls emblematic of the Mets’ swagger in the middle and late 1980s. In his 19 seasons in the major leagues, all but two of them with the Expos or the Mets, he was an 11-time All-Star and was twice named the most valuable player in the All-Star Game.

Carter’s exuberance complemented his prowess at the plate. Curly-haired and with a ready smile, he was loved by the fans, first in Montreal, then in New York.

“I am certainly happy that I don’t have to run for election against Gary Carter,” Pierre Elliott Trudeau, then prime minister of Canada, once remarked.

Carter excited Shea Stadium fans in his first game as a Met. After sliding into second with a double to left-center field in the 1985 season opener against the St. Louis Cardinals, he jumped up and pumped his right fist. In the 10th inning he hit a game-winning homer over the left-field fence, then pumped his arm again and again while he rounded the bases as the crowd roared. He was mobbed by his teammates at home plate, and when the fans chanted for a curtain call, he came out of the dugout waving both arms.

He was as exuberant behind the plate. When Carter tagged a runner out at home, he liked to punctuate the play by happily holding the ball aloft.

He may have led the 1986 Mets in hugging teammates.

Playing his first 11 seasons with the Expos, Carter became the face of the franchise, which sometimes struggled. But the Expos’ ownership chafed at his high salary and traded him to the Mets in December 1984 for four young players.

Some Expos were put off by Carter’s unabashed enthusiasm. They felt he was obsessed with his image and basked in his press coverage too eagerly. They called him Camera Carter.

“He had some problems among his teammates,” Andre Dawson, the Expos’ future Hall of Fame outfielder, told The New York Times after Carter was traded. They “felt he was more a glory hound than a team player,” Dawson said.

 

So, there’s today’s post. Saddening, huh? There are some related articles below, but if you’d like to read more, then feel free to look here: Ny Times – Gary Carter, Star Catcher Who Helped Mets to Series Title, Dies at 57

 

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