Thursday, August 19, 2010
Book Review: Gary Carter
When I was a very young kid, the Mets were my team. Gary Carter was my favorite player.
I always thought he was positive and honest. he was always smiling, and just seemed to have a friendly, great attitude.
He is still one of my all time favorites. As I have gotten older, I have found other players that I admire for the same, or for other reasons, but many of my favorite moments in baseball that I witnessed first hand (on TV) involve Carter.
Interestingly, there are a few books out there on "The Kid."
I read "The Gamer" some time ago, and I recently picked up "A Dream Season" and had it finished in a couple of days.
In my mind, Gary will always be a member of the Mets. I do think it is cool that he is the only guy in Cooperstown wearing an Expos hat, though that will not be the case much longer.
I did not know a lot about Carter's time with the Dodger's and his rough relationship with Lasorda until I read The Gamer. I also did not know much about his time with the Giants.
Both books cover some of the same ground, most obviously the 86 World Series.
The Dream Season book was published in 1987, so the 86 season was still fresh in the minds of Carter and all of the Mets fans.
Both are fun reads, especially if you were a fan of baseball in the 1980s.