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Pink viagra What a great touch last night by SNY to show Gary Carter’s first game as a Met ( a game I attended), pink viagra opening day 1985. Pink viagra That game brought back a flood of memories about the era in Mets history and Carter’s legacy as a NY Met.

Pink viagra I was at Madison Square Garden on the night of December 10th , pink viagra 1984 watching the NY Rangers play the LA Kings, pink viagra  between periods I strolled down to the concourse to grab a beer (my drinking days) and call Sports Phone  (once upon a time this great new service came out called SportsPhone known by its great jingle  “get all the sports scores in-stan-leeee dial 976-1313) to get some out of town NHL and NBA scores (this was also my gambling days, pink viagra oh and along with the beer in my hand and the phone receiver to my ear there was a cigarette dangling from the corner of my mouth, pink viagra yes I’d indulged in all sorts of vice back in the day, pink viagra that why I loved the 1970’s and 80’s) came a voice on the other end of the line telling me that the New York Mets have acquired Gary Carter from the Montreal Expos for Hubie Brooks, pink viagra Mike Fitzgerald, pink viagra Herm Winningham and Floyd Youmans. Pink viagra HOLLLLLLYYYYY SHIT!

Pink viagra As I made my way back up to Section 432, pink viagra it seemed all the other degenerates checking scores and their bets, pink viagra heard the Mets news as well as the Garden was buzzing. Pink viagra There was great debate amongst myself and my friends over this deal. Pink viagra At the time it looked like Frank Cashen gave up a King’s ransom for Carter. Pink viagra Brooks was coming off a nice season with 16HR and 73 RBI, pink viagra Fitzgerald, pink viagra Wininngham and Youmans were top prospects in what was at the time a fruitful Mets farm system, pink viagra but hey we got Gary Carter, pink viagra add him to Keith Hernandez and the two kids, pink viagra Gooden and Strawberry and god damn, pink viagra the Mets are going to kick some serious ass in 1984, pink viagra and they did, pink viagra going from 68-94 in 1983 to 90-72 in 1984 finishing 6 ½ games back of the division champion Chicago Cubs (somewhere in my basement is my florescent yellow CUBS BUSTERS t-shirt that had the bear cub in a circle with a red line through it, pink viagra yeah baby THE MAGIC WAS BACK AT SHEA)

Pink viagra So many on the field memories, pink viagra pop into my head when thinking of Gary Carter but so do many off the field ones as well.

Pink viagra I got married in 1986 (same year I dropped two bad habits, pink viagra gambling and smoking, pink viagra drinking would come ten years later) the last of four kids to leave the nice secure nest my parent had made for us. Pink viagra Most weeknights, pink viagra I’d come from work have dinner with my parents (dinner always on the table when I got home, pink viagra told you it tough leaving my happy habitat) and afterwards, pink viagra head to the living room with my dad to watch Mets baseball.  My mother, pink viagra a woman surrounded by sons, pink viagra nephews and cousins who were sports fanatics, pink viagra a woman who washed more uniforms than any clubhouse person, pink viagra never cared for sports, pink viagra that is until I move out of the house. Pink viagra The sight of my old man sitting with no one to talk about the games with, pink viagra she decided it was time to take up watching sports particularly Mets baseball. Pink viagra  Not only did she start watching Mets games, pink viagra she now wanted to go to Mets games, pink viagra WHAT? “Ma, pink viagra you want to go to Shea”  “Oh yes, pink viagra I want to go see Gary Carter” So we took her to see “her guy” Gary Carter.

Pink viagra I thought about that all the way on my commute home last night, pink viagra then I listened to all the tributes for Carter and I really felt overwhelmed, pink viagra Gary Carter was much more than a baseball player, pink viagra he was as inspirational as anyone who has ever hit this city. Pink viagra To hear Keith Hernandez weep when talking about Carter was heartbreaking. Pink viagra Listening to Ron Darling speak of Carter you could tell he held him in such high regard. Pink viagra Then I heard Doc Gooden, pink viagra who told the story of how Carter would come to the Smithers Institute where he was residing to combat his drug and alcohol addiction, pink viagra on Sunday’s after home games to make sure Gooden was okay. Pink viagra Strawberry may have given Carter the best compliment anyone can give to another human being when he said that Carter “lived his life the way I wish I could have”.

Pink viagra Carter was at times mocked for his goody-goody ways, pink viagra which some felt were phony but as they got to know him they found out his love of family, pink viagra baseball and God was genuine. Pink viagra I found it stunning that those four players who played hard and partied even harder in their youth and would ridicule Carter for his clean living ways back then, pink viagra now in their middle age wish they could have had the life that Gary Carter had. Pink viagra Don’t you wish we all could be remembered that way?

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