Baseball is a kid's game, but there's only one plaque at Coopers-town with the name "Kid" stamped out in bronze to keep the years at bay. That makes Gary Carter pretty special, and makes a serious challenge out of trying to describe his casual charisma in just a few words.
Here's how the Baseball Hall of Fame summed it up on Carter's nameplate in 2003, when the 29-year Palm Beach Gardens resident made the game's ultimate all-star team:
"An exuberant on-field general with a signature smile who was known for clutch hitting and rock-solid defense over 19 seasons."
If that doesn't spell fan favorite, what does?
Commentary: Friends believe Gary Carter's upbeat, outgoing spirit will help 'The Kid' beat cancer - Dave George / Palm Beach Post
The Meck Report / Blog - June 5, 2011 - 2:14p