Thursday, February 16, 2012

Thank you, Gary Carter

When we lost Donn Clendenon not too long ago, I noted how difficult it was to see the heroes of 1969 growing old and passing on.

Today I realized something more difficult, and that’s losing the heroes of 1986 before they have a chance to grow old.

I looked for a baseball card that best summed up my memories of Gary Carter, one with that mega-watt smile that seemed to show us how much he loved playing baseball.

Then I figured there was no reason to stop at just one.

Gary Carter helped make it fun to be a Mets fan in the 1980s. And unlike some of his teammates, he remained a role model.