OK, I guess the first question I have to answer is "Why a Gary Carter web site?"
For me it is a simple answer.
Gary Carter was the only baseball player I looked up to as a kid. It all started when my first Little League Coach gave me number 8 and put me behind the plate around 1980.
I quickly checked to see who wore number 8 and mailed a letter to each player asking for an autograph.
Gary, I believe, was the only one to respond. Since then I started to follow his career.
I was and still am a big baseball card collector and as you can see from this site that I strongly concentrated on Gary Carter items.
Gary's dedication to the game as well as his desire to succeed were the characteristics that kept me a fan for years.
Most importantly was the way he lived up to his nickname, "The Kid" , with his childlike enthusiasm and everpresent smile.
Well, as his career ended, in a way my childhood did as well. Now the guys playing are younger than me.
My feeling toward baseball is more of a recreational enjoyment rather then a diehard passion.
I did meet Gary once back in 1996 when I went to a card show to get an autograph. Even though I was far removed from the day I received that very first autograph in the mail, there is something unexplainable about meeting one of your heroes.
It was even better than I could have imagined. He was so friendly that,I believe, my wife was more impressed than I was. Today I have a son and when it came to a first name I originally joked that we should name him Carter.
At first my wife would not even register that as an option but as the day grew closer the name just grew on both of us and yes today we did name him Carter.
I always felt that maybe someway, someday I could honor the memories that Gary provided for me as well as capture a bit of my childhood at the same time. This web site is that attempt.
It's scary when you give a thirty something a bit of computer knowledge and some free time.
I thank you for stopping by. Hopefully you will find some interesting information and a bit of enjoyment while you view this site.
Please e-mail me with your own memories of Gary. I will create a page to show them to all who stumble upon this site.