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.