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Not Many Played the Game Like the Kid

Once a Dodger, you are always a Dodger,  and Gary Carter was a Dodger in 1991.   While he was just a shell of what he once was, he never lost his love of the game which he always played like a little kid, trying his best on every play to beat the opponent.  Gary was a role model and one of the best catchers of all time.  In addition, Gary Carter was also a very active philanthropist.  His Foundation existed to help students who lived in poverty to “better the physical, mental and spiritual well being of children.”  What is interesting is that even in his 19th year as a grizzled vetran, he was still called “kid.”  He loved the game of baseball.  Gary would want us to celebrate his life, not morn his death.  Not many players were better.  Even fewer were better humans!

Gary Carter was year younger than me.  Nothing makes you face your own mortality than something like this.  My oldest son’s mother (my wife) died of the same brain cancer at age 37, which was 17 years ago.

The Dodgers issued this Press Release on Gary Carter:

Dodger Special Advisor to the Chairman Tommy Lasorda made the following statement today regarding the passing of former Dodger and Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter:

“Gary Carter played for me with so much respect and enthusiasm for the game he loved. He was a Hall of Famer as a player and as a man. On behalf of the entire Dodger organization, we love him and will miss him.”

Gary Edmund Carter played 19 seasons in the Major Leagues, including the 1991 campaign with the Dodgers. The native of Culver City attended Sunny Hills High School in Fullerton and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003.

James Loney, Jeremy Lin and Tim Tebow

Many people have been using Tim Tebow and Jeremy Lin in the same sentence recently because of Tebowing and Linsanity, but where does James Loney come from?

That’s a question I’m about to answer.  Tim Tebow was a college sensation who was not expected to make it in the NFL, but with a strong will and a lot of magic, he captured the hearts of many people.  Jeremy Lin was a nice basketball player in college, but there was never any indication that he would ever be anything more than an end-of-the-bench-type player.  Suddenly, Lin is now America’s Darling and Linsanity is rampant.  Jeremy Lin is playing like Steve Nash.   Is is the system?  Is it his teammates?  Is it just time?  Has he just “figured it all out?”  It’s probably all of those things coupled with a strong will and great work ethic.  At this juncture, I believe he has a better chance of keeping it up than Tim Tebow.

James Loney?  We haven’t expected much from him.  He hasn’t showed much, but like all other sports, you never know when preparation meets opportunity.  I am not saying James Loney will suddenly put it all together, but don’t bet against it.   I have a sneaking suspicion that James Loney and Andre (don’t call me moody, I’m just intense) Ethier could both have their career years THIS year.  We can always hope.  I mean, who knew about Tebow and Lin?

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8 Responses to “Not Many Played the Game Like the Kid”

  1. DodgerDude says:

    RIP Gary Carter

  2. Ken says:

    “Jeremy Lin is the kind of player that makes others around him better and as we know, those kinds of guys are not easy to find. The best Mavs combination was when Roddy, Dojo and Lin were all on the court at the same time with Lin and Dojo doing more of the play making. Keep an eye on Jeremy Lin as he showed natural basketball instincts combined with a good frame and ability to stay in front of his player defensively (had back-to-back blocks in 1st game on same play).”

    “Sounds crazy, but I believe Jeremy Lin has the whole package to be an effective point guard at the NBA level, starting next season. I don’t know where Mavs have room, but for someone, he’s a perfect third guard and depending on his development (he needs to work on outside shooting) he can become a serviceable if not better-than-that NBA point guard. He emulates his game after Steve Nash…not a bad one to pattern game off of.”

    Mark Fenn, Co-Founder of Brand Legendary

  3. Jae says:

    Gary Carter was a class act. He will be missed.

    As far as Loney and Ethier – I hope so and something tells me you might be right.

  4. RogerCraig says:

    Gary Carter is proof that only the good die young. The world is a little less kind today. R.I.P. Gary Carter.

  5. Idahoal says:

    I believe you may be correct. The reason I agree is because of the new hitting coach. Sometimes two hitting coaches can say the same thing, but one can articulate the instructions correctly, and the other cannot. Looney certainly became a better hitter the second half of the season.

  6. SpokaneBob says:

    So did Jerry Sands.

    Sorry to hear about Carter.

  7. RogerCraig says:

    I happen to believe that this season could be a very nice season for the Dodgers. I expect big things from Ethier, better things from Loney and Sands and I also think Rivera will be a solid player.

    Mark is the only one I have heard that thinks Federowicz can become a decent catcher. If he is right, this could be a solid team

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