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Mets to honor Gary Carter with No. 8 patch

Feb 25, 2012, 1:45 PM EDT

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Gary Carter’s memorial service was held last night at the Christ Fellowship church in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Many of Carter’s family, friends, former teammates and colleagues paid tribute, including a speech by fellow Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench.

The Mets naturally had a large contingent on hand for the occasion and according to Bill Madden of the New York Daily News, the Wilpons and manager Terry Collins presented Carter’s widow, Sandy, with a mockup of the patch the team will wear in honor of Carter this season.

The mockup depicts Carter’s No. 8 over an inverted home plate. The patch is expected to be ready for players to wear at some point during spring training and prior to Opening Day against the Braves on April 5.

This gesture may not satisfy those who also want Carter’s number retired, but I think it would be a pretty cynical motivation on the Mets’ part to do it now that he has passed away. Either way, having his No. 8 on a Mets’ uniform this season will be pretty cool.

  1. deadeyedesign23 - Feb 25, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    That’s pretty awesome of them. Especially considering they had to take out another loan to buy the patches.

  2. siftin thru nonsense - Feb 25, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    Carter should have his Montreal Expos # retired. (I mean if they still existed) He is an Expo for life.

    • maco88 - Feb 25, 2012 at 11:56 PM

      The Montreal Expos retired his number in 1993 per MLB.com on Gary Carter’s statistics page. Since they moved and became the Washington Nationals, they “unretired” his number. So much for honoring their own history.

  3. cool10857 - Feb 25, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    The Mets suck.

    • Old Gator - Feb 25, 2012 at 5:26 PM

      How utterly appropriate. Look, if you’re going to be inappropriate, at least try to be clever or ironic. You sound like you just crawled out from under your distant uncle’s trailer.

    • jwbiii - Feb 25, 2012 at 7:04 PM

      Yes, the Mets suck. But let’s give them credit when they do something classy, as they clearly have done here.

  4. aceshigh11 - Feb 25, 2012 at 8:51 PM

    Classy move.

    Carter was one hell of a guy…never heard anyone say one negative thing about him.

    And lay off the negativity and snarkiness for one goddamned thread. This is about honoring someone with a family who just passed away WAY too young.

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