Above are ticket stubs from times I saw Gary Carter play when he was a Montreal Expo. I’ve always loved baseball and was a big Expos fan, and I remember and miss those days when Carter was catching for them and gunning out runners at second and nailing guys napping at first base.
He was an Expo for 12 years ending in 1984, (he became a Met the following season), and he ran the show from behind the plate, was an outgoing leader, and he could hit the long ball. And on top of his baseball talents, he was friendly, had that big smile in interviews and curly hair that I’m sure the ladies loved, and he embraced the city of Montreal.
It’s sad to lose a hero, a man I associate with a nice time in my life, when my kids were young, I had more hair, the Expos were coming close, and my first wife still liked me. Yes, those were the days.
Gary Carter passed away on Thursday from brain cancer. He was just 57.