@SimonDaillie: 1 yr since passing of The Kid. Pic taken at 1986 parade by my dad who took me to parade.
There was a “Remember Gary Carter” event at the Citi Field parking lot, where Shea Stadium once stood.
Thanks for the picture @The7Line!
Gary 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.”
Former Mets manager Yogi Berra and former Mets catcher Gary Carter meet on the field for a post-game ceremony after the last regular season baseball game ever played in Shea Stadium against the Florida Marlins on September 28, 2008. Carter died on Thursday at the age of 57. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
FAREWELL TO “THE KID” Gary Carter tips his helmet in his final game at Shea Stadium on Sept. 28, 1989. The New York Mets catcher helped power his team to a World Series win three years earlier; he was diagnosed with brain cancer last year and died Thursday. (Photo: AP via the New York Times)
In his first game as a Met on April 9, 1985, Gary Carter hit a tenth inning walk-off home run off Neil Allen to give the Mets a 6–5 Opening Day victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.