Gary Carter pushes on in face of cancer

9 Feb

Hall of Fame member Gary Carter may be in ill health fighting brain cancer, but he is not letting that keep him away from a ballgame. According to a report from the Palm Beach Post, Carter was on hand for the season opener of his former team and appeared to be in as good a spirit as one could expect from a man in his position. The Post reported:

“Carter shook hands with each player on the Palm Beach Atlantic University team and watched about three innings of the game Thursday night. The Palm Beach Post ( ) reports the crowd gave him a standing ovation. Carter’s daughter Kimmy Bloemers says her father wanted to be there for his players. They responded with a 3-2 victory over Lynn University. The 57-year-old Carter was joined at the game by fellow ex-major leaguers Tommy Hutton and Jeff Reardon. Carter was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 2003. He played 19 seasons, most with the Montreal Expos and New York Mets.”

It was a bit of surprise to see Carter publicly given he has reportedly had a few incidents recently in which he fell. Carter however is just as tough now as when he squatted behind the plate for the Expos so many years ago. There is no word on how long Carter is believed to have left, but he is making the most of it. It is good to see Gary get out to a game, it is where he seems at home. There is some speculation this may have been his last public appearance, but I’d put my money on Carter being out and about every chance he gets. Thanks for years of great memories Gary. Baseball misses you.


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