Ailing Carter sends message to fans
Gary Carter was too ill to travel, but the former Mets catcher received a standing ovation when his name was mentioned at a baseball writers' awards dinner in New York.
Carter, who is fighting an uphill battle against brain cancer, sent a message via his children at Saturday night's ceremony.
"I'll always have a special place in my heart for the city and people of New York," he said, in a message read by his son, D.J. Carter. "I'll never forget my first game in a Mets uniform on Opening Day in 1985, when I had the fortune of leading the team to victory with a walk-off home run."
He added, "The fans were always supportive of me on the baseball field and continue to support me and my family since I was diagnosed with brain cancer in May."
Carter was honored with the Arthur and Milton Richman "You Gotta Have Heart" Award at the Baseball Writers Association New York chapter's annual dinner in Manhattan.