The New York Mets announced via press release, that the franchise will honor Gary Carter on Opening Day, on Thursday April 5that Citi Field. The Mets are planning on having Carter’s family to participate in a special pre-game ceremony prior to the opener against the Atlanta Braves at 1:10 p.m.
Gary’s wife Sandy, son D.J., and daughters Kimmy and Christy, and their families will be on the field during a moment of silent for their dad and for the ceremonial first pitch.
“Our family is so honored to be part of the Mets’ Opening Day at Citi Field,” said Sandy Carter. “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 helped to lead the franchise to a World Championship in 1986, while acting as a vital part to the career of many young starters. The backstop was induced into the Mets Hall of Fame in 2001 and the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003.
“We are thrilled that the Carters will be with us,” said Mets COO Jeff Wilpon. “On Opening Day, Mets fans will have the chance to pay their respects and remember all of his accomplishments.”
‘The Kid’ passed this year after a courageous 10-month battle with brain cancer, and as a tribute Mets players will be wearing a patch on their right sleeve featuring a black home plate with ‘Kid 8’ in white lettering during the 2012 season.
Written on March 26, 2012