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Gary Carter To Be Honored Before Mets Game At Olympic Stadium

Gary Carter in 1986 (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

Gary Carter in 1986 (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Montreal will pay tribute to late Hall of Famer Gary Carter when Major League Baseball returns to Olympic Stadium this weekend for the first time in nearly 10 years.

Mets public relations chief Jay Horwitz said Carter’s wife, Sandy, will be on hand for the ceremonies prior to New York’s exhibition game Friday against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Carter died in February 2012 after a battle with brain cancer. He was 57.

He’s best remembered in New York for his contribution to the 1986 World Series champion Mets. “The Kid” is just as beloved in Montreal, where he has a street named after him, for his 12 years with the Expos.

Carter, an 11-time All-Star, was inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003. His plaque features an Expos cap.

The 1994 Expos will be honored prior to the second game of the Olympic Stadium series on Saturday, according to the New York Times. The ’94 team had baseball’s best record (74-40) when the season infamously ended due to a players strike in August.

The Expos moved to Washington and were renamed the Nationals after the 2004 season.

More than 75,000 tickets have been sold for the two games, the Times reported.

“We need a second chance,” former Expos outfielder Warren Cromartie told the paper. “The games are the beginning of getting our team back.”

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