Thursday, February 16, 2012

The Kid

I just heard the news that Gary Carter has died from a malignant brain tumour at the age of 57.

I became an Expos fan in the summer of 1980. One morning during the winter of 1984, I woke up to the news that John McHale had reluctantly traded Carter to the New York Mets for a package of players including Hubie Brooks. I was so disappointed that I didn't want to go to school that day. It was almost as bad as the day in 1981 when I skipped school to watch Rick Monday's ninth inning home run off Steve Rogers end the World Series dreams of all Expos fans.

Gary Carter won a World Series with the Mets. His bust in Cooperstown wears an Expos cap.

Thanks for the memories, Kid. I'd like to be a baseball fan again.


  1. I had Carter's baseball card somewhere. I'll look for it.

  2. Used to toss the ball around, makes bases in the yard, break a few windows dreaming I was Gary Carter.

  3. I was shocked to hear the news. But what a time it was. For me it would be Carl Yaztremski. These guys were supposed to be indestructible. What is life, really?