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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