It's a sad day for baseball.
Gary Carter, a Hall of Fame catcher who played for both the Montreal Expos and New York Mets, passed away on Thursday after battling inoperable brain tumors since last May.
The 57-year-old was nicknamed "The Kid" and described by sports agent Gerry Petrie as:
"Sincerity, honesty, wholesomeness - he's the kind of guy you want your son to be. And it's real. Gary is no phoney. He's one in a million. He loves his family, God and baseball. They call him The Kid, and he truly is a kid - not immature or foolish, but with a kid's openness and joy and purity."
It's always awful when someone with such a good heart dies too young, but at least his daughter recognizes he is in a better place, writing in a statement:
"He is in heaven and has reunited with his mom and dad. I believe with all my heart that dad had a STAND-ING OVATION as he walked through the gates of heaven to be with Jesus."
Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends who are grieving his loss. Rest in peace, Gary!
[Image via AP Images.]
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