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Thursday, February 16, 2012

The Inspiration of Gary Carter

As sports fans, our favorite teams and players often take us back to the innocence of our youth, when the exploits of those teams and players were paramount in our lives.  These memories are often preferred to the current troubles of today, where we are beset by tremendous economic uncertainty and more than a lingering fear that our best days -- no matter our age or status -- are behind us.

Today, we feel a little older. Perhaps too old.  One of the great sports icons -- and one of the best gentlemen to ever play professional sports -- has passed, succumbing to inoperable brain cancer at age 57.

Gary Carter was one of the all-time greats as a baseball catcher. I submit he was one of the five all-time greats at that position, which is uniquely demanding both mentally and physically.

However, Carter distinguished himself with his infectious laughter and desire to help those around him succeed.  He never withdrew within himself, but made everyone around him feel better and part of the action.  He was an extrovert who genuinely cared about the team, about the others.   

To baseball Hall of Famer Gary Carter, one of the legendary heroes of the 1986 World Series Champion New York Mets, Godspeed.

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