“The Kid” Game Thread: Mets vs Blue Jays, 7:05 PM

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Baseball will return to Olympic Stadium for the first time since 2004, the New York Mets will take on the Toronto Blue Jays in a pair of exhibition games beginning tonight at 7:05 PM.

Jenrry Mejia makes his final pitch for a rotation spot and will oppose Blue Jays left-hander Mark Buehrle in what should be a sold-out Olympic Stadium.

A pregame tribute to the late Gary Carter will be the highlight of the evening. Carter’s wife Sandy and daughter Kimmy will be on hand to represent the the former Met and Expo catcher, who died in 2012 of brain cancer.

Carter’s last season in an Expos uniform was in 1992 and with the Mets in 1989. He also made brief stops with the San Francisco Giants in 1990 and the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1991.

Carter actually played in Montreal for more seasons (12) than he did with the Mets (5), but he will always be remembered as one of the great pieces added to the Mets squad during the 1980’s, that brought a championship back to the franchise. The “Kid” as we all called him will forever be an icon in the eyes of Mets fans. 

“It is going to be hard. It hasn’t been two years yet, but I knew we had to be there,” Sandy Carter shares about the upcoming series. “I agreed when I heard there would be a game at the old park and then when I heard it was the Mets, I knew it was right. “It’s like two pieces of our hearts joining together that night.”

The “Kid” was a true icon and this tribute is a true testament to what his presence meant to the game. 

Here is tonight’s lineup for the Mets:

  1. Eric Young Jr., DH
  2. Daniel Murphy, 2B
  3. David Wright, 3B
  4. Curtis Granderson, RF
  5. Chris Young, LF
  6. Lucas Duda, 1B
  7. Travis d’Arnaud, C
  8. Juan Lagares, CF
  9. Ruben Tejada, SS

Anthony Seratelli will not make the team according to Terry Collins. Ruben Tejada and Omar Quintanilla are your 2014 Opening Day shortstops.

Enjoy the game which will be broadcast on MLB Network, and Lets Go Mets!

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