JUPITER, Fla. (WFAN/AP) — Even as he battles an aggressive form of brain cancer, Hall of Famer Gary Carter wouldn’t miss opening day for the college baseball team he coaches.
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.
“Let’s get a win tonight,” he told the team.
“He wanted to be here for his guys, here for opening day,” Carter’s daugher Kimmy Bloemers told the paper. “He’s the Skip so he wanted to be here. He doesn’t have a lot of energy but when it comes to baseball, he’ll get that energy and that’s what he has right now.
“It’s a great day.”
The team 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 was a key part of the Mets’ 1986 championship team.
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