Gary Carter Attends His Baseball Team’s Opening Night

An article by posted on February 3, 2012

Gary Carter's jersey hangs in the dugout as Assistant Coach Scott Kingston gets ready for the season opener.

Gary Carter, who is waging a courageous battle against brain cancer, found the strength to be with his team for their season opener.

The Palm Beach Post writes:

Around the edge of the warning track and back into the familiar buzz of the ballpark came Gary Carter on Thursday night, riding in the back of a golf cart some 10 minutes before the national anthem and smiling broadly at the thought of this special reunion with his Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team.

“You doin’ all right?” asked The Kid, tapping the top of one Sailfish player’s cap as the entire team hustled down to the right-field bullpen area to crowd around their coach and their inspiration.

“Let’s get a win tonight,” Carter said again and again, shaking hands with each of the players that an aggressive form of brain cancer has kept him from leading these past nine torturous months.

Never in his brief few minutes with the team did the grin leave his face.

Never, judging by his genuinely joyous reaction, did it occur to Carter that pushing himself to the physical limit on a trip from his Palm Beach Gardens home to a college baseball game might not be worth it.

“He wanted to be here for his guys, here for opening day,” said Carter’s daughter Kimmy Bloemers, the softball coach at PBAU. “He’s the Skip so he wanted to be here. He doesn’t have a lot of energy but when it comes to baseball, he’ll get that energy and that’s what he has right now.

“It’s a great day.”

For more, read the full article here.

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