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This 'Kid' had a passion for the game

Hall of Famer Gary Carter was a key member of the 1986 World Series champion Mets

Originally Published: February 16, 2012
By Tim Kurkjian | ESPN.com

Gary Carter was and always will be known as "Kid" because of his relentless energy and enthusiasm, his boyish smile and his genuine love for the game. Yet that nickname is a bit misleading because Carter was such a man, tough even for a catcher, be it blocking balls in the dirt, blocking the plate, hitting three-run homers or playing every day.

"What I took most pride in was catching as many games as possible every year," Carter told me six months ago. "Your toughest guy has to be your catcher. ...

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