1 week ago
Thursday, February 16, 2012
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.