Sad day for NY baseball fans. Gary Carter was a great ball player, and he's gone far too young.
My fondest memory of "The Kid"? I was at a Mets - Expos game around 1988 or so. We have amazing seats at field level, right behind the backstop. Gary Carter comes up to the plate, and it's Pasquale Perez on the mound. Perez throws what may have been the slowest offspeed pitch in the history of Major League Baseball for a strike. You could literally see Gary Carter SLOWLY following the ball across the plate and into the catcher's mitt. And even he was laughingand smiling over how slow that pitch was! At the time I was wondering "why didn't he swing at that pitch?", but in hindsight I can only think of just how much he would've had to change up the timing of his swing to hit a pitch like that.