Sad news today. Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter passed away at the age of 57.
During the magical 1986 season, CT Joyce and I attended eleven games at Shea Stadium, and the NY Mets won ten of them (it was that kind of year), including NLCS Game 5 when Carter hit a dramatic 12th inning single to score Wally Backman from second base and win the game. The Mets went on to win a memorable World Series against the Red Sox.
There wasn't another player in MLB who matched his exuberance, enthusiasm and hustle. He was a class act all the way. I'm sad that he's gone, but feel privileged to have watched him play the game the way a true champ plays it.
Here's to the "Kid"!