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VIDEO: Montreal pays tribute to Gary Carter

Mar 29, 2014, 12:05 PM EDT

Sandy Kimmy Gary Carter Tribute AP

MLB returned to Olympic Stadium last night for the first time in a decade and Montreal used the occasion to celebrate one of the memory of Hall of Fame catcher and former Expos-great Gary Carter.

Carter passed away in February of 2012 following a long battle with brain cancer, but his wife Sandy and his daughter Kimmy made the trip to Montreal and received a standing ovation from the 46,121 in attendance. During a touching pre-game ceremony, a banner was unveiled in right field which featured Carter’s No. 8 and the words “Merci! Thank You!”

Check out the video of the ceremony below:

Carter played the first 11 seasons of his career with the Expos prior to being traded to the Mets in December of 1984. He returned to Montreal for one final season in 1992.

  1. renaado - Mar 29, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    Truly love this kind of moments..

  2. proudlycanadian - Mar 29, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    It was a reat tribute to “The Kid”.

    Today, the great 1994 Expo’s team is being celebrated.

    • proudlycanadian - Mar 29, 2014 at 1:52 PM

      EDIT FNCTION: “great tribute”

      • renaado - Mar 29, 2014 at 2:02 PM

        It’s alright man we still understand that :-).

    • florida76 - Mar 29, 2014 at 3:15 PM

      The 1994 Expos were great in a limited season, but we’ll never know if Montreal was truly a World Championship club. They would have had to win both the pennant and WS, and the list of teams with great regular seasons but failing to prove they were the best is daunting. People were calling the 2001 Mariners a legendary team before the playoffs began that year, and Seattle failed to verify their outstanding record.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Mar 29, 2014 at 6:13 PM

        Yanks were the best team that year, hands down.

  3. cmtill14 - Mar 29, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    Great tribute…Gary stopped playing when I was a kid/teenager but I remember seeing him play. Great ballplayer.

  4. dirtyharry1971 - Mar 29, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    Carter was a class act no doubt and a excellent catcher, nice to see a tribute to him.

    • Old Gator - Mar 29, 2014 at 3:14 PM

      Good for the Kid. I treasure the years I got to see him play against and for the Mutts.

  5. moogro - Mar 29, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    Another game in Royal Mountain tonight. The crowd is way into it.

  6. proudlycanadian - Mar 29, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    There were more that 50,000 at today’s game. A total of 96,000 fans showed up for 2 exhibition games. Take that Bud!

    • dirtyharry1971 - Mar 29, 2014 at 6:15 PM

      if you think baseball is coming back to Montreal you are sadly mistaken, AIn’t gonna happen son.

      • proudlycanadian - Mar 29, 2014 at 6:35 PM

        Montreal has a much better chance to see a return of MLB than does Brooklyn.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Mar 30, 2014 at 11:02 AM

        Why would you think I want a team in Brooklyn? Actually if I had it my way there would only be “1” team in NYC and I would send the mets to Idaho and put pics of potatoes on their uniforms.

    • proudlycanadian - Mar 29, 2014 at 6:43 PM

      Harry seems to have a new mental health issue. Now he thinks that he is my father. Harry should see a shrink.

      • Old Gator - Mar 29, 2014 at 7:14 PM

        No, he should see a neurosurgeon. I don’t know who performed his original lobotomy but someone needs to go in there and stitch it back together before both sides form a crust.

  7. Joe Vecchio - Mar 29, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    Best clutch hitter I ever saw, seems like when he was playing for the Expos there was almost a daily highlight of him hitting a homer to win the game. And of course he started the famous rally in the 10th inning of Game Six of the 1986 Series for the Mets.

  8. yanmontreal - Mar 30, 2014 at 8:09 PM

    I was there the 2 games. It was amazing. Hope we get another chance on day. We miss Baseball.
    Have a good season everyone.

    Go expos..go Baseball

  9. canadatude - Mar 30, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    Maybe Harry did have sex with your mother. There is a name for guys who do that.

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