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RIP Gary Carter

The Huffpost tells us former Mets catcher and hall of famer, Gary Carter passed away of a brain tumor at the age of 57.

 

It was Gary Carter’s single that propelled the NY Mets to a Worlds Series win in 87.  While my father and I were at that game, Game 6 of the ’86 World Series, we left early so we could beat the traffic and never saw the game turn around in the Met’s favor.

 

The powerful Mets were down to their last chance in the ’86 Series when Carter stepped up with two outs. No one was on base, and New York was trailing Boston 5-3 in the bottom of the 10th inning in Game 6.

Carter said he had just one thought in mind: “I wasn’t going to make the last out of the World Series.”

True to his word, he delivered a clean single to left field off Red Sox reliever Calvin Schiraldi. Kevin Mitchell followed with a single, and when Ray Knight also singled, Carter scampered home from second base.

As Carter crossed the plate, he clapped his hands, pointed at Wilson on deck and clapped again. Moments later, Bill Buckner’s error scored Knight for an amazing 6-5 win. Carter rushed from the dugout to join the celebration at home plate, catcher’s gear already on.

Overshadowed by the rally was the fact that Carter had tied the game with a sacrifice fly in the eighth. Then in Game 7, Carter drove in the tying run in the sixth inning, and the Mets went on to win their most recent championship.

 

The Mets have never won a World Series since.  And I learned a powerful lesson.  Never leave a championship game early.  The world will miss Gary Carter.

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