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Gary Carter makes the opening game for Palm Beach Atlantic University

Feb 3, 2012, 2:45 PM EDT

Gary Carter Reuters

Gary Carter is the coach of the Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team. And even though his battle with brain cancer has caused him to be apart from his team, he managed to make opening night last night.

You can read the whole story — and see pictures — of Carter’s appearance at the game. It’s not an easy read/view. Carter is clearly not well, as we knew from recent reports of his cancer battle.

But it is nonetheless inspiring to see him fight what is no doubt tremendous pain and exhaustion to make to the game and to see the young men he no doubt wishes he was coaching right now as they begin the season.

  1. cur68 - Feb 3, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    All this depressing Josh Hamilton stuff today and then there’s Carter, busting his ass to show up for his team when he’s clearly holding on by very little…man, I just do not know what to say…hang in there, boys.

  2. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Feb 3, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    You’re a remarkable man and a great inspiration, Gary. Glad you made it out. I wish more people had the decency and courage that you do. Keep fighting.

  3. stevejeltzjehricurl - Feb 3, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    It’s difficult to see the pictures and contrast them with the memories of the vibrant guy who was such a joy on the field. But it’s good to see the smile is still there. My heart goes out the Kid and his family.

  4. mox19380 - Feb 3, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    The road is long and the destination unknown. We encounter trials and adversity at every turn. Our every rational instinct says give up, it’s hopeless, it’s useless. But we fight fight fight on, because we’re human and thats what we do. Don’t give up the fight!

  5. plmathfoto - Feb 3, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    Great comments all, nothing more to add except thanks for continuing to be an inspiration Kid!

  6. badmamainphilliesjamas - Feb 3, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    Looking at the pictures of Carter with his daughter and granddaughter . . . well, I guess it just got really dusty in here. Fingers crossed for a rally…

  7. aceshigh11 - Feb 3, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    Very difficult to see those photos…what heart and spirit he has. Sending positives vibes his way…

  8. Old Gator - Feb 4, 2012 at 12:15 AM

    I confess to being too much of a coward to look at the photos. I just want to remember the big guy with the mile wide smile who used unfailingly to come over to the field box railing at Shea Stadium and sign autographs and kibbitz with the kids.

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