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They’re lighting up the Empire State Building blue and orange

Feb 17, 2012, 5:54 PM EDT

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In memory of Gary Carter, who passed away Thursday following a battle with brain cancer, the Empire State Building will shine blue and orange tonight.

Carter spent just five of his 19 seasons with the Mets, but the Hall of Famer made a big impression in those years. He drove in 100 runs in two of them and was a key member of the 1986 World Series champs.

As for the 12 seasons he spent with the Expos, well, we’ll just pretend it’s a two-day tribute. Starting Saturday, the ESB is planning on going to red, white and blue lights for President’s Day, and those were the Expos’ colors anyway.

  1. Kyle - Feb 17, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    Pretty damn cool.

  2. natstowngreg - Feb 17, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    Meanwhile, Carter’s name and an Expos logo will continue to grace the facing of the club level at Nationals Park, behind home plate. Along with the names of Andre Dawson and Senators and Homestead Grays Hall of Famers.

    Granted, it’s not Montreal, but the franchise for which Carter played 12 seasons still honors him. RIP, Gary.

    • lyon810 - Feb 18, 2012 at 6:32 AM

      Montreal does honour him, along with Raines, Dawson and Staub whose numbers all hang from the rafters at the Bell Center. Better than nothing.

  3. yankeesfanlen - Feb 17, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    This is a thoughtful and appropriate gesture. However, from Chopper 2 it looks more like red than orange, so until now I was confused.

  4. AlohaMrHand - Feb 18, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Rest in Peace “Kid”

    • 78mu - Feb 18, 2012 at 12:01 PM

      Very cool tribute for a true credit to the game. All baseball fans should mourn Carter’s passing because he was what we want all players to be. Mets and Expos fans were lucky to have him in his prime and the great memories he gave them. The rest of us were just lucky to see him play and make it to the HoF.

      For all of us outside New York please post a picture in HBT tonight. Would make a nice reminder of the Kid as a screensaver.

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