Gary Carter, forever a 'Kid' at heart

Baseball loses a legend and Hall of Famer as enthusiastic as he was talented

Updated: February 18, 2012, 8:56 PM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

Gary Carter expressed so much joy on a ball field, so much appreciation for simply being alive, it was fitting that his death brought his one-of-a-kind smile back to life.

There it was in all the highlights after word came that Carter was gone at 57, taken by the brain tumors that slowly broke what appeared to be an unbreakable man.

The Hall of Fame catcher was young again, a boy in a boy's game, and ballplayers who aren't old enough to remember the '86 Mets had ...

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