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Carter's brain tumor inoperable

Posted on: May 31, 2011 11:58 am
Edited on: May 31, 2011 12:59 pm
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By Matt Snyder

The news keeps getting worse for Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter. Last week, it was revealed that Carter had a brain tumor that was likely malignant. Doctors reportedly have discovered four tumors in Carter's brain in an MRI. Now, Carter's daughter -- Kimmy Bloemers -- has stated removing the tumor via surgery isn't an option.

"Dad's tumor is not operable, as it is like a snake of tumors that are connected across the back of the brain," Bloemers wrote. "The biggest tumor is on the left side of the brain." (Montreal Gazette)

There is, however, still some hope for good news, as Carter's tumor is thought to be Grade 4 glioblastoma, but it's not yet 100 percent certain that's exactly what Carter has.

"We will find the absolute/definite prognosis on Tuesday, so we are hanging tight for possibly other news," Bloemers said, though she did say the doctors are "99 percent" sure that's what he has.

Carter, 57, was an 11-time All-Star for the Expos and Mets. He hit 324 home runs and drove home 1,225 in his 19 season. He won three Gold Gloves and was a member of the World Series-winning 1986 New York Mets. He was elected in to the Hall of Fame in 2003, his sixth year on the ballot, and was the first player to be enshrined with an Expos cap.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 1:56 am
 

Carter's brain tumor inoperable

I think it's time oftimes be certain incredibly mundane out-of-date page, but it also you can do highly given for my own time.



Since: Sep 15, 2007
Posted on: May 31, 2011 9:41 pm
 

Carter's brain tumor inoperable

I guess it is pretty much unanimous. Gary Carter was easily hands down one of my favorite players when I was younger.  At the time I barely knew where Montreal was, but had hoped to see him play there.  I was lucky enough to see him down the road.  You couldn't keep your eyes off of him as you never knew what was coming next, other than excitement. 

The guy was a real baseball insider.  He knew the history of the game as well as anybody.  He was a great diamond general.  His bat was feared by every opposing pitcher that came across it.  The best in the game at the time when he was young quickly earned respect for his abilities.  He has always been an engaging guy who went out of his way for the fans.  He truly loved the game, and you could see it in his eyes when he played. 

I still remember the first time I saw him on a somewhat popular program, "The Baseball Bunch" with Johhny Bench.  I was shocked as hell that Bench would go out of his way, but then he came on the scene.  The kids seemed to gravitate to him immediately.  He was humble yet always knew his capabilities. 

As far as I know he is a clean living guy.  Not once have you heard a bad story about Gary Carter.   I pray that he prolongs his life as long as possible.  I am just happy he was enshrined years ago and he was present.  There really isn't anything  in baseball he didn't accomplish.  He was the driving force on whatever team he played.  Let's hope that his force continues to be strong.  We should all keep him in our prayers. 



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: May 31, 2011 8:15 pm
 

Carter's brain tumor inoperable

This is really, really sad.  When I was a little kid in the late 70's we were up in Montreal and saw a game against the Phillies.  We weren't necessarily fans of either team but we showed up about two hours before the game.  We walked down towards the Expos bullpen and after about 20 minutes of watching, Carter just randomly came over, spoke to us for about five minutes, gave us a ball, and simply said to my dad, "thanks for being a fan".  He then flipped his own hat on to my head and walked away.

See, it was different back in the day.  In the late 70's players were around for more then just the money.  Yeah, they made a great living but even when you consider the cost of living they never came close to what these guys are bringing home today.   Players back then loved the game and when they didn't feel they had it anymore they quit and moved on to better things.  They cared about fans more back then.... it used to be all about the fans... today it's all about the money and that isn't going to change anytime soon.

I'm pretty confident I told that story to EVERY PERSON I ever spoke to that entire summer (and winter).   

I'd glad you did and even happier you told it again today because you know what? It's a fantastic story... brought a smile to my face actually.... I wish more athletes today would do things like that. Think about it.. 5 minutes of his day, a baseball cap and baseball that costs him zero dollars and it not only makes fans happy as hell but gives them memories they'll never forget....

Sounds like Mr Carter was a special person as well as a special player... let's pray that somehow and some way he makes it through this terrible time. 



Since: Oct 16, 2010
Posted on: May 31, 2011 7:56 pm
 

Carter's brain tumor inoperable

That's a great story ! Nothing like seeing and having a real life hero, it's all you Gary !



Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: May 31, 2011 7:40 pm
 

Carter's brain tumor inoperable

This is really, really sad.  When I was a little kid in the late 70's we were up in Montreal and saw a game against the Phillies.  We weren't necessarily fans of either team but we showed up about two hours before the game.  We walked down towards the Expos bullpen and after about 20 minutes of watching, Carter just randomly came over, spoke to us for about five minutes, gave us a ball, and simply said to my dad, "thanks for being a fan".  He then flipped his own hat on to my head and walked away.

I'm pretty confident I told that story to EVERY PERSON I ever spoke to that entire summer (and winter).   



Since: Nov 11, 2006
Posted on: May 31, 2011 7:19 pm
 

Carter's brain tumor inoperable

Wishing nothing but the best for Gary Carter and his family!!



Since: May 24, 2009
Posted on: May 31, 2011 6:59 pm
 

Carter's brain tumor inoperable

I still picture him wearing the Expos cap more than I can picture him in a Mets cap. Either way though it doesn't matter, he was a helluva player and seemed to be even more of a helluva a good guy...Thoughts and prayers are with ya in this fight Gary!!!



Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: May 31, 2011 6:47 pm
 

Carter's brain tumor inoperable

I was never a Mets fan, but I always liked Gary Carter. I will be shedding some tears when he dies because He was one of my favorite players growing up.



Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: May 31, 2011 6:45 pm
 

Carter's brain tumor inoperable

Always a great ball player with a great baseball attitude and a zest for the game.  If his zest for life is even half of what is was for baseball, he stands a chance.  Hang in there, Gary!!



Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: May 31, 2011 6:20 pm
 

Carter's brain tumor inoperable

So sad! but knowing the kind of player he was he will not go easily and will fight until the end.
Keep up the fight gary! We'll all be pulling for you and keeping a good thought for you!


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