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Gary Carter will never be forgotten

Carter's contributions -- on and off the field -- will forever be remembered in Metland

Updated: February 16, 2012, 7:05 PM ET
By Rob Parker | ESPNNewYork.com

When Gary Carter was alive, it was almost impossible not to notice him.

And it had nothing to do with his big, strong frame.

It's that no one had a better smile in the major leagues than Carter.

But in the years since he retired from baseball and ultimately became ill with cancer, we saw less and less of Carter -- and his famous smile.

On Thursday, Carter died. The Hall of Fame catcher was 57 years old.

For sure, there will be tears in Metland. Mets fans will never ...

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