Gary Carter's Condition Worsens


For the most part, this site strictly focuses on the Washington Nationals. While we respect and appreciate the history that came before the Nationals were born, we don’t really discuss the Montreal Expos much. That is unless, of course, there’s some sort of connection to the present-day organization. However, the baseball fan in me feels that news regarding one of the two players in baseball’s Hall of Fame to wear an Expos cap is worth noting here on a Nationals blog.

Late last week news first broke that former catcher Gary Carter’s health had taken a turn for the worse. Carter was first diagnosed roughly 8 months ago with a number of inoperable brain tumors. He has since undergone a series of aggressive chemotherapy treatments in an effort to shrink the tumors but has seen little success. Carter suffered a setback in December, collapsing on Christmas Eve. A second fall occurred last week, causing doctors to conduct a series of MRI exams. Carter tore his rotator cuff in the fall, but more importantly has developed additional tumors in his brain.

Carter was quietly one of the best catchers of his generation. Growing up in New York in the 1980s, he was always a joy to watch when he was a member of the Mets because he always seemed to play the game the right way. Carter was Davey Johnson’s catcher on the 1986 Mets team that won the World Series. He’s an under-appreciated baseball great and it’s sad what he and his family are now going through.

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  • Northernsandlot

    As Zimmerman has been and Strasburg and Harper will soon be, Gary Carter was the face of the Montreal Expos for a decade. I find it very outgoing and generous that on this blog, you would bring up the Kid’s faltering health issues. I wish the Nationals would show as much class by posting regular updates on the Web site.

  • http://districtondeck.com/ Aaron Somers

    @Northernsandlot Thanks for the comment and the kind words. For me, it was easy to make note of such a story. The Expos franchise preceded the Nationals franchise. While there isn’t much of a connection beyond that at this point – all the former players, etc. are all nearly gone as it’s been long enough – it still seemed worth noting considering who Carter is. As I’ve mentioned previously, he’s one of two players in the HOF wearing Expos caps. There will never be another added to that list. And I grew up in New York, watching Carter play for the Mets even though I wasn’t a fan of the team. I always enjoyed watching him play. And it’s sad to see what he and his family are coping with. Again, thanks for the comment. They’re always appreciated.

  • Northernsandlot

    @Aaron Somers

  • Northernsandlot

    Aaron,

    I beg to differ: a third Expo will eventually be inducted into the Hall of Fame: Tim Raines. As will Larry Walker, Pedro Martinez and Vladimir Guerrero down the road. Whether they will be wearing an Expo cap is another issue. I know that if he was asked, Pedro would probably dawn our colors rather than the Red Sox’.

  • http://districtondeck.com/ Aaron Somers

    @Northernsandlot You’re correct on Raines. I’m not certain how I missed him when I made that comment.

    As for Vlad, Pedro, and even the likes of Randy Johnson – yes, there will be more players to enter the HOF that played at one point for the Expos. But those players won’t go in as Expos. I’m not certain that Walker ever gets in but he too would likely wear a different cap on his plaque.

  • Northernsandlot

    @Aaron Somers

    You can bet on Raines wearing an Expos cap when he gets the call from Cooperstown.