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Thursday, April 5, 2012
Wright sending jersey to Carter family

By Mike Mazzeo

David Wright has always been viewed as a classy ballplayer.

His latest gesture isn’t about to change that.

The Mets third baseman told reporters following Thursday’s 1-0 Opening Day victory over the Braves that he’s sending his game-used jersey to Gary Carter’s family.

Carter, the Mets Hall of Fame catcher who died on Feb. 16 following a 10-month battle with brain cancer, was honored prior to Thursday’s game.

The Mets are wearing patches to commemorate his legacy, and his No. 8 jersey was hanging in their dugout.

“You look at [the jersey], and it reminds you of the player he was, and what he meant to the city,” Wright said.

A sellout crowd of 42,080 -- the largest crowd in Citi Field history, according to the Mets -- was on-hand and chanted Carter’s name during the pregame ceremony.

"The crowd gave him the recognition he deserved," Wright said.

Wright provided all the offense the Mets needed, with a sixth-inning RBI single to left-center field. He went 2-for-3 and has hit in seven of eight openers since making his first Opening Day roster in 2005.

The Mets’ previous high for single-game home attendance was 42,042 against the Yankees on July 2, 2011.

“It was exciting,” Josh Thole said, “especially in the big situations, you could really feel it. You miss that a little bit last year when you’re not winning for them, and they want you to win, so to get the crowd back in the game really meant a lot to us.”