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Watch Gary Carter’s final hit in a Mets’ uniform from a fan’s perspective

Feb 18, 2012, 11:39 AM EDT

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This is pretty special. A fan who was in attendance for Gary Carter’s final game at Shea Stadium in a Mets’ uniform has uploaded his 8mm camcorder footage.

The game below took place on September 27, 1989 against the Phillies. Carter, who was limited to just 50 games that season due to injuries, entered the game in the top of the ninth inning as a defensive replacement for Mackey Sasser. He came up to bat in the bottom of the ninth and doubled off right-hander Jeff Parrett before being taken out of the game for pinch-runner Craig Shipley. You can’t see where the ball landed, but it’s not really important.

The title of the video says that this was Carter’s last at-bat as a Met, but he actually went 0-for-5 in the season finale against the Pirates at Three Rivers Stadium a couple of days later.

Anyway, this video truly captures what it must have felt like to be at Shea Stadium on that special night. It’s almost like opening a time capsule. Great stuff.

(Hat-tip to Paul Hadsall for the link)

  1. Old Gator - Feb 18, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    Catch that big grin as he heads back into the dugout? That was the Kid.

  2. paperlions - Feb 18, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    That is pretty sweet. Love the ear-flapless helmet. Love the perm-mullet (though it was pretty short then). Love the fans raw emotion. Good stuff.

  3. bigleagues - Feb 18, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    And certainly apropos that the ‘spos banner is right in line w/ camera shot as Carter stands at 2B. VERY COOL!

  4. steveohho - Feb 18, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    I am shocked MLB’s goons haven’t had this removed by now. Hopefully its up for a while

    • aceshigh11 - Feb 18, 2012 at 6:18 PM

      Since it’s a private video, I seriously doubt it come under MLB purview.

      At least, I HOPE it doesn’t; otherwise, there’s a serious problem with the MLB’s copyright reach.

  5. plmathfoto - Feb 18, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    Awesome! Not ashamed to admit I shed a few tears watching this. RIP!

  6. ikedavisnose - Feb 18, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    That was KOOL ☺☺

  7. Old Gator - Feb 18, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    See that big grin on his face as he runs back to the dugout? That was the Kid.

  8. Old Gator - Feb 18, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    See that big grin on his face as he runs back to the dugout? That, indeed, was the Kid.

  9. Old Gator - Feb 18, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    See that grin on his face as he ran back to the dugout? That was the Kid.

  10. lyon810 - Feb 18, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    who cares, this was his last every hit, way better

    • cur68 - Feb 18, 2012 at 2:42 PM

      Yeah, that’s the one I remember (although I did care about the embedded on in the article). One thing about Gary Carter, he just looks so alive and appreciative in these videos. You’d think it was something special, but in fact, that was him when I used to see him as an everyday player. He just seemed glad to be doing what he was doing and appreciative that anyone cared enough to applaud him or want to talk to him. Greatest Expo ever.

    • D.J. Short - Feb 18, 2012 at 2:53 PM

      Absolutely awesome, no doubt about it. But I assume everybody has already seen that by now. Thanks for linking to it, though.

  11. cup0pizza - Feb 18, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    Yawn.

    • Old Gator - Feb 18, 2012 at 5:11 PM

      Komodo dragons carry pulmonary anthrax in their saliva. HBT carries cup0pizza in its feces.

    • Old Gator - Feb 18, 2012 at 6:51 PM

      Komodo dragons carry anthrax in their saliva. HBT carries cup0pizza in its feces.

    • Old Gator - Feb 18, 2012 at 7:22 PM

      Komodo dragons carry anthrax in their saliva. HBT carries cup0pizza in its feces. Ain’t nature amazing?

  12. Old Gator - Feb 18, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    Did you see the big grin on Carter’s face when he ran back to the dugout? That was the Kid.

    • Old Gator - Feb 18, 2012 at 11:22 PM

      Sorry for the multiple posts, everyone. I thought they weren’t going through, but this cockamamie WordPress system seemed to have cached them and spat them up much later, all at once.

  13. loge23 - Feb 21, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Wow! Powerful stuff for this ‘ol fan.
    That’s the power and majesty of baseball right there!
    Thanks to the filmer!

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