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.