Ojeda: Gary Carter Continues To Fight, But Update ‘Obviously Not Good’

NEW YORK (WFAN) — Gary Carter continues his brave battle against cancer, but according to former Mets teammate Bobby Ojeda, it has become more and more of a struggle for the Hall of Famer.

On Saturday, Carter’s three children accepted the BBWAA’s Milton and Arthur Richman “You Gotta Have Heart” award on behalf of their father. Ojeda told WFAN’s Boomer & Carton that presenting the award to his friend’s family was an “honor.”

“It was difficult, absolutely,” Ojeda said Wednesday. “It was one of those gut-wrenching moments where you’ve gotta get up and you’ve gotta talk about your friend, who’s fighting something that’s horrible.”

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The 57-year-old Carter was diagnosed last May with a malignant brain tumor — and his health has recently taken a turn for the worse.

Carter’s daugher, Kimmy Bloemers, posted to her online journal last week that there are “several new spots/tumors” on her father’s brain. According to the New York Daily News, the former catcher’s condition has become “extremely grave” and discontinuing treatment was an option.

“I wanted to just kind of not talk about it with them,” said Ojeda. “I just wanted to give them a hug. And you know, Kimmy was very upset, so I didn’t really want to get into that. As difficult as it was for me, could you imagine going up there and having to talk about your father at a time like this?”

Former Mets teammate Wally Backman had the tough task of updating Ojeda after a recent visit with Carter.

Ojeda said the news was “obviously not good.”

“He’s struggling with his balance right now,” Ojeda told Boomer & Carton. “It’s just one of those things where, you know, we all hope and pray for the best. … A good friend of mine once said, ‘Look, I hope you get what you need.’ And whatever Gary needs right now, I hope he gets it. It’s a struggle for him right now.”

He added: “He could beat this thing. I’m (in) no way saying it is over at all. But right now is a very difficult time with the medications that are taking a toll on the healthy part of his body.”

Ojeda tries instead to remember the good times he had with Carter. He admitted that despite the catcher’s squeaky-clean image, Carter fit right in with the bad boys of ’86.

“It was just a bunch of guys,” he said. “It was a bunch of 15-year-olds wearing New York Met uniforms — and having a ball.”

Leave your thoughts on “Kid” Carter in the comments below…

  • Jerry W

    The kid can help save millions.
    Maybe even himself, use cutting
    edge technology, not wishful thinking.

    It helps if not work totally, I wanna see him smile again………….

  • scorp980

    The Kid will someday manage the Mets.

  • Tom Jeffries

    Mr. Carter is the epitome of a Man. God’s Grace shine on him, in his hours of trial. To the Family…thank you for sharing Gary with us, for so many years.
    He will always be the “Kid”.
    In Canada we adopted him like a native son. With much love and tenderness please convey my good wishes.

  • Lorraine

    My son was born in 1986 just a few months before the Mets won the World Series. There was no question about who he would be named after – Gary Carter.
    Almost 21 years later, my husband lost his short fight with brain cancer. It’s one of the most formidable enemies there is, but some people do beat it. For the man whose Mom is fighting it – I urge you to find and follow the regimen developed by Ben Williams in his book “Surviving Terminal Cancer.” Conventional treatment isn’t effective. Ben knew it and formulated his own treatment and over fifteen years later, he’s here to talk about it. Ben’s way is the ONLY way to beat this enemy.

  • David Cushing

    I named my son, born Dec. 29th, Carter, after “The Kid”. Every time I call his name I will think of Gary and how great it was being a Mets fan back then.Thanks for all the great memories # 8.

  • ERM

    My Mom has the same form of cancer and she took us to so many Mets games during their winning season. This is a cruel disease and his family is in all my prayers. Gary Carter has brought so much joy to so many people and the example he and his family are setting is inspirational. God bless them all.

  • Lynne Christie Uhlick

    Gary Carter is my hero….my favorite Met. I have my Carter ’86 jersey and my 18 year old daughter wears the Carter tee shirt I wore to Mets games back in the day. I am so incredibly sad this is happening to Gary and pray for him and his family. I thank him for all of the memories, especially that amazing 1986 season. Keep up the good fight Gary, many fans are praying for you!

  • DCLaw-1

    I have a lot of great memories tied to Gary Carter, and many a great time at Shea. Heres to you Gary!!!!!!! The family of Mets fans, and New Yorkers are thinking of you, and praying for the best for you and your family……

  • Scott Rubenstein

    Difficult to hear that one of my Met heroes is battling this horrible disease. It feels like it was just yesterday that I was watching my 13 inch B&W TV in Podiatry school down in Philly… watching my ’86 Mets bring it home!

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