The New York Mets to honor Gary Carter before their home opener

The New York Mets will be honoring the late Gary Carter in a pregame ceremony at Citi Field on Opening Day.

The Hall of Fame catcher passed away on February 16 of this year. Carter was diagnosed with brain cancer last May and ultimately lost the battle.

Carter’s wife Sandy, daughters Kimmy and Christy, and son D.J. will be present for the ceremony. There will be a moment of silence in his honor before the first pitch is thrown.

“Our family is so honored to be part of the Mets’ Opening Day at Citi Field,” Sandy Carter said. ”It will be an incredible experience for us to celebrate Gary’s legacy by having our family throw out the first pitch. The Mets and the fans of New York always had a special place in Gary’s heart and that admiration will live on in our hearts for years to come. Thanks to the Wilpon family and the entire Mets organization for making this possible.”

Carter played for the Mets from 1985-1989. He helped to lead the team to their last World Series title in 1986. He was the Mets’ co-captain along with Keith Hernandez.

Carter entered the Major Leagues in 1974 and retired in 1992. Other than the Mets, the catcher played for the Montreal Expos, San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers. He was an 11-time All-Star and entered the baseball Hall of Fame in 2003 as an Expo. The Expos retired his number that year.

He was previously  inducted in the Mets Hall of Fame in 2001.

“We are thrilled that the Carters will be with us,” Mets COO Jeff Wilpon said. ”On Opening Day, Mets fans will have the chance to pay their respects and remember all of his accomplishments.”

This spring, the Mets have been wearing a patch on their uniform sleeve to honor Carter. The patch is a home plate that reads “KID 8.”  ”Kid” was Carter’s nickname.

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