On WFAN: Doc, Darryl And More Remember Mets Great Gary Carter

NEW YORK (WFAN) — Mets great Gary Carter could always be counted on for a smile, a timely hit — and in 1986, a championship.

On Thursday, Carter lost his battle with brain cancer. He was 57.

Those close to the catcher joined WFAN to remember “The Kid” shortly after his passing.

Dwight Gooden: “I knew Gary, for me personally, not only as a great teammate — and really was an influence on my career — but a great person and a true friend. And Gary was definitely was an inspiration for myself. A caring guy. Even when I was going through my struggles, Gary was always there and his main concern was always my health first and baseball second. And that’s one of the things I admire most about Gary, that he was just a first class gentleman on and off the field.”

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Darryl Strawberry: “It’s tough. When you think about Carter and you think about — not just the player, you think about the person — of who he was in our clubhouse. In the midst of all the chaos of what this team was in the ’80s, Carter was one of those players that was just an example of a baseball player with character. Live right, love the wife and kids, treated everybody with first class, never said a bad word to hurt anybody, never ran into altercations. … You hear of his passing today, we knew it was coming, and you feel for his family. You pray, lift him in in prayers. Our thoughts are with him because of him as a man.”

Ron Darling: “As a teammate he was as good as they get. What you want to be known as, as a player to other players in the game, is that you are a good teammate and that you are a gamer. And he had both of those in spades.”

Wally Backman: “I remember Gary as not only a great player and a great teammate, but almost as a big brother figure. … If you could mold yourself into a person that you really wanted to be, that’s a perfect, pretty good mold that you’d want to mold yourself into is be a guy like Gary Carter.”

Buddy Harrelson: “He was a good guy. He was a kind guy and very charitable. You know, he had a wonderful foundation. He was a good guy. He was fun to coach. … He loved the uniform, he loved the clubhouse, he loved the guys, the players, his teammates. He just, he came to play.”

Mets radio man Howie Rose: “I remember him first and foremost probably the way everybody else does and that’s with a smile, because it was always there.”

LISTEN: Doc Gooden | Darryl Strawberry | Ron Darling | Wally Backman | Buddy Harrelson | Howie Rose

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Players, teammates and friends also took to Twitter to remember the catcher.

Francisco Cervelli: “My prayers go out to the family of Gary Carter who passed away today. A great catcher and a true inspiration.”

Dwight Gooden: ““My batterymate, my friend, I am so blessed to have played with & can call Gary my friend he meant a lot to me on & off the field with the way … he battled his fight to the end gives me alot of strength & faith to battle mine, we will always be connected at the hip RIP my brother…..”

Phil Hughes: “What an honor it was to meet Gary Carter as my manager at the futures game. One of the best. Prayers to his family.”

Tommy Lasorda: “Rest in peace Gary Carter. Gary played for me and was a Hall of Famer on and off the field. I respected and loved him.”

Jay Feely: “Truly sad to hear my friend Gary Carter passed away. Enjoyed his stories and playing golf together at Honda classic last 2 years.”

Leave your remembrances of “The Kid” in the comments below…

  • Ruth Chary

    I had the opportunity to meet Gary at a Macy’s book signing in the late 80’s. Somehow I was able to get to the front of the line and he was deeply in conversation with a little boy who he said was about the same age as his son (probably about 4 or 5 at the time). It didnt matter to him that there were well over 1000 people there to meet him. He was totally engrossed in conversation with this little kid. Finally, I had my chance and I was told by the handlers not to ask him any questions or take any pix – but I was not going to be denied. I had a check for him for the Leukemia Foundation and he was so grateful that he talked with me for about 5 minutes. I’m sure that he did not get to meet all his fans that day but he was such a gentleman and caring individual. I’m so sad for Sandy, his children and the rest of his family, friends and fans. RIP, Gary. We’ll all miss you.

  • gustavo Hidalgo

    Gran jugador. El entusiasmo y el amor por el Bèisbol hicieron de Gary un personaje inolvidable. Dios lo tenga en sus santa gloria.

  • Kristine Horning

    My thoughts and prayers go to Gary’s family. His ever present smile and love for the game will be forever remembered. I loved watching my Mets play and particularly when he was catching. He was great on the field and off,talking to kids and signing every ball and picture they had. I wish I had met him in person. He was a wonderful person. Please accept my deepest condolences.

  • Joe

    Gonna miss you and your enthusiasm

  • Jared Squires

    I was a diehard Red Sox fan in 1986 and it was hard to be a baseball fan of Gary Carter, for what he did in starting the rally in 1986. But rooting interest aside, I am very saddened today at the loss of this wonderfal man…there is no doubting his high quality of character, and I was nearly teary-eyed listening to Howie Rose being interviewed by Steve Sommers about Gary Carter on the FAN last night. My prayers to the entire Carter family.

  • CT Native

    RIP Gary!!!

  • Warren

    In 2009 I attended a Long Island Ducks game and Gary was the Mgr. I share the Same Birthday with him so it really hits home. I also played in the Phillies organization while he was in the Expos. I once told my Now 17yr old son that Gary and I had a lot in comon. “The same Birthday, The Love of Baseball but, it ends there He Made It & I Didn’t” So at the Ducks Game my son gets to meet Gary and get his Autograph and I see them talking and Gary looked my way (we had seats nere the dugout) points to me and calls me over gives me a hug and wispers in my ear that I have a great son there! I thanked him and he went on to tell me that he sharied my story with him and we both laughed as he quoted the line “You made it and my Dad didn’t” We Lost a Great Person. R.I.P. Kid!

    • moshe

      well said warren. great story

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