Opening Day is the most beloved and rich sports tradition in the United States. It's a day of joy, filled with hope, shared between family and friends. Children skip school, adults call out of work, and the nation turns its collective attention to baseball as all fans share the same sentiment, "It's good to have baseball back."
Opening Day is something to cherish. No one knows how the season will turn out for the Mets, but it's safe to say a pennant isn't in the near future. Even so, with a new season comes new life, and that's what Opening Day is about, new life.
In Flushing this Thursday, the Mets will be honoring a life that meant so much to the organization, the city and the fans, that of Gary Carter. The Hall of Fame catcher was lost all too early to brain cancer this past offseason.
His family will be in attendance to throw out the ceremonial first pitch, and the Mets will honor him with a moment of silence.
“The Mets and the fans of New York always had a special place in Gary’s heart and that admiration will live on in our hearts for years to come,” said Carter's wife Sandy.
"The 7 Line," an independent Mets clothing line that has raised nearly $7,000 for the Gary Carter Foundation, is urging fans attending the Opening Day ceremonies to print and distribute commemorative Gary Carter flyers to honor Carter and show support for his family.
I strongly encourage anyone attending on Thursday to print and distribute the flyers as a show of support for the Carters. The flyer can be found here.
Hearts will be heavy in Queens as fans remember a man that meant so much to so many.
After the ceremonies baseball will be played. Regardless of the outcome there are a few things that are certain to happen. Fathers and sons will make lifelong memories, friends will share beers and hot dogs, and an inspirational man will have had his legacy honored.
Opening Day is a beautiful thing.
Follow Adam @NYNJSportsGuy