There was a time when the Mets weren't a laughingstock. In fact, they were the number one team in New York back in the 1980s. One of the reasons they were was because they made a trade for Gary Carter. After a bounce back season in 1984, the Mets traded for Carter and within two years, they were World Series winners.
Yesterday, Gary Carter died of brain cancer. On a personal level, I have a grandmother who's going through what he did and on that level alone, I sympathize with his family. He will be remembered as a great catcher, even if he was overlooked all those years in Montreal and for getting the Mets over the hump as champions (particularly starting the rally in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series). It also allows the Mets to do something good by retiring his number, something that should have been done years ago. RIP Kid.