HOF thoughts touch Gary Carter family

Updated: July 25, 2011, 8:57 AM ET
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com

Gary Carter's daughter expressed appreciation for the warm thoughts flowing from Cooperstown during the weekend and predicted the Hall of Fame catcher would resume attending the induction ceremonies next year.

Carter skipped the festive weekend in which Roberto Alomar, Bert Blyleven and Pat Gillick were inducted in order to continue battling malignant brain tumors.

"Dad watched the HOF ceremony and was touched by the kind words from the inductees," daughter Kimmy Bloemers wrote in a private online journal to which ESPN has been granted access. "He wished so badly he could have been there. My mom and dad both wanted to thank the Hall of Famers and their wives for their support, love and encouragement. They can't wait to be with you all next year!"

Carter underwent his final radiation treatment and ingested his last chemotherapy pill for the time being last Tuesday. He also is being weaned off steroid pills.

He is due to have an MRI at Duke University in Durham, N.C., on Aug. 2 to determine if the tumors have been eradicated.

Bloemers said Carter drove a vehicle last week for the first time since mid-May, which the family found encouraging.

"His mind was clear and he felt wonderful," Bloemers wrote. "He knows that he won't ever go behind the wheel unless he is feeling terrific. It was a great moment for him!"

Carter hit 15 golf balls on Friday. He also had lunch last week with former major league pitcher Kent Bottenfield, who has been hired by Palm Beach Atlantic University to be the associate head baseball coach under Carter.

"Kent is so positive and he will be perfect as dad's right-hand man for a successful 2012 season," Bloemers wrote.

She added: "Cancer is hard to understand. Aside from having tired moments, dad is talking, walking and acting like himself (for the most part). The only sign that shows dad is not 100 percent is his hair loss. No one could believe that there is something dangerous inside his body. We recognize the cancer, but we keep a positive mindset and we pray, pray, pray!"

Adam Rubin covers the Mets for ESPNNewYork.com.

Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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