Catcher Gary Carter announced that after getting an MRI, doctors discovered four small brain tumors. He will be examined again Thursday at Duke Medical Center. “My wife, Sandy, and our children and family thank you for your thoughts and prayers. We ask that you please respect our privacy as we learn more about my medical condition,” Carter said. Fans, former teammates, and friends were shocked by the news. “The last time I saw him a couple months ago, he looked well. He was Gary. He seemed himself. No indication anything was wrong. Whatever the situation may be, of course I wish him well. And I hope things turn out for the best,” said Mookie Wilson, Mets first base coach.
“You hope that it’s not what you think it is. It breaks your heart. But I think if anyone has an optimistic outlook, he has one.” said Lee Mazzilli, a former teammate on the 1986 Mets.
Mets announcer in the 1980s, Tim McCarver said, The ear-to-ear smile that only Gary has. And obviously a smile is very important at a time like this. I think everybody is kind of in that wait and see mode. But certainly he has occupied our thoughts since we heard the news. It’s tough to go on the air without thinking about him and being reminded once again how great the game is that it takes you away from the travails of life.”
“I’m shocked at the news. It gives us all a sense of our mortality. Gary was a great teammate and naturally my prayers are with him and his family,” Keith Hernandez said.
Jeff Wilpon also responded on behalf of the Mets, “On behalf of the Mets organization, our thoughts and prayers are with Gary, Sandy and the entire Carter family.”