The Kid: Feature Story

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Gary Carter was a professional Major League Baseball catcher for 21 years, but many people he was much more than that. Carter was affectionately nick-named “The Kid” for his youthful personality and love of the game. Known mostly for his time spent with the New York Mets, where he won his first and only World Series in 1986, and his time with the Montreal Expos, Carter never failed to bring his youthful love of the game with him wherever he went.

When Gary Carter came to the Mets in 1985, it was the missing puzzle piece for the club. The Mets missed the playoffs in ’85 despite posting 98 wins, and the club came back more determined in ’86 to win it all. Fueling that determination was the vibrant Carter, who sought nothing less than a World Series championship. Carter wasn’t a one-man band though, the club was stock full of talent with the likes of Daryl Strawberry and Dwight Gooden in the mix, there was no question this team would be a force to be reckoned with. Carter and his teammates made ’86 a memorable year for all of baseball.

 

 

downloadCarter should have been a first ballot Hall of Famer; however, he was not. Carter was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2003 on his sixth ballot. “The Kid” posted astounding offensive numbers over the course of his career, putting up a .262 batting average, 324 home runs, and over 1,000 R.B.I’s. Carter was an all-star eleven times and there is no question the impact his youthful exuberance had on his teammates, fellow ballplayers, and baseball fans at large.

Carter was the type of player who made everyone around him better, a true team player. Unfortunately, players and even people like Carter are a rarity, but perhaps that’s what makes his legacy so satisfying. Looking at Carter’s career, his success, and the immense impact he had on fellow ball players, and fans alike, is like taking a breath of fresh air. It is refreshing to know that players and people like Gary “The Kid” Carter do come around every once in a while.

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Carter with teammates Strawberry and Hernandez.

 

Gary Carter Interview with baseball fan

6 thoughts on “The Kid: Feature Story

  1. I like this story very much, it informs us of the impact Carter had on his teammates. The story also tells us Carters career numbers and informs us that he is in the Hall of Fame, this allows us to get an idea of he impacted the game and how he played the game. By telling us he is in the Hall of Fame, we can get an idea how hard he played the game and for how long. However, it would be better if you told us his career stats with each of his teams so we can see how he impacted the team after he joined.

  2. Hey Andrew,
    I loved reading your story, between the pictures and the way it was written it was a great read. You can really tell you have a passion for baseball.

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