On February 16, 2012, the Carter family, the Mets and MLB lost a true legend in Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter, who succumbed to brain cancer, which he had been battling since May 2011. It was a very sad day for the Mets, their fans, and Carter's former teammates. Although Carter spent the vast majority of his career with the Expos, it became clear that his most memorable years were with the Mets from 1985-1989.
When the Mets acquired Carter from the Expos prior to the 1985 season, he became one of the final pieces of the Mets' quest to win a World Series. The Mets came very close to making the playoffs in 1985, but ultimately fell short to the Cardinals. Nonetheless, Carter did a great job with helping Dwight Gooden win the NL Cy Young Award that year.
In 1986 though, the dream that Carter and the Mets had came true and the Mets won the World Series that year in dramatic fashion. The Mets did not win another World Series title during the rest of Carter's years with the Mets, but the Mets were arguably one of, if not the best team altogether through the 1980s, and Carter was one of the big reasons why the Mets were as consistent as they were when he was around.
Even after Carter left the Mets and eventually retired from playing, he always stayed active within baseball and helped out the Mets in various managerial capacities within the Mets minor league system. With all this being said, it's clear that Carter really enjoyed being a Met and it's unfortunate that the Baseball Hall of Fame did not recognize this when they chose to have Carter inducted as an Expo.
The death of someone as significant as Carter is never a good thing for anyone, but this is also a time to celebrate Carter's blessed life and the great achievements he accomplished. Here are Carter's five greatest moments as a Met.