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Gary Carter, member of 1986 Mets, now diagnosed with brain tumors, has always been a tough out -- Mike Lupica / NY Daily News
It turns out Carter has been complaining of headaches lately, that is what we were told Saturday. He has been having some problems with memory. Now doctors have found these four tumors. You hope that the doctors at Duke can take care of Carter, who is 57. He always talked a lot about his faith and now you hope his faith and his doctors can carry him through.
"I wasn't here a long time," he said to me one time about New York. "But I think I left my mark."
He was here five years. Reggie Jackson only spent five years with the Yankees, and Reggie made those years count, didn't he? The people who still don't think of him as a Real Yankee still don't get it. Carter was not the most famous of the '86 Mets. But he knocked in 105 runs that year, after knocking in 100 the year before. He hit 24 home runs in 1986 and came to the plate 573 times. Carter showed up. He left his mark.
The Mets won 108 regular season games. They won that 16-inning game against the Astros to win the pennant, and transfixed the city that long baseball day. But then they lost the first two World Series games at home and were about to lose in six games to the Red Sox.
Gary Carter at the plate.