PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - Family members and fans honored the memory of a baseball legend at the Gary Carter Tribute Game at Digital Domain Park in Port St. Lucie.
Carter's wife, Sandy Carter, remembers him as a man who was a role model, both on and off the field.
"Gary's smiling down," his wife said. "He's real happy about this moment. It's special to be here with our kids and grandkids, too."
She said the family has bonded even closer since Carter lost his battle to cancer in February.
"It's so hard. It's just really hard," Carter said. "We miss him every day. There's a hole in our hearts. Nobody replaces Gary."
She said she just returned from Montreal, where her husband played for 11 years, and a Hall of Fame trip. She said the outpouring of support from the Hall of Fame family and the Montreal family was overwhelming.
"It's so touching that people remember Gary and love Gary, and I don't know how they couldn't. But it really means a lot," Carter added.
New York Mets teammate Howard Johnson said Gary Carter would have loved to be at his tribute game.
"Life is fragile. He got diagnosed, and the next thing you know, he's got serious cancer," said Johnson.
Johnson says from the World Series, to St. Lucie, Carter had a genuine love of baseball, all the way through his death.
"People will remember Gary for the way he played the game. He was always happy, thrilled to be on the field. That's why they called him 'Kid,' he was like a little kid out there. I think that's just a big, big deal, and that's the way we remember Gary, the same way," Johnson said.
A portion of the merchandise sales from the tribute game went to the Gary Carter Foundation.
The St. Lucie Mets uniforms this season have a memorial patch with the number 8 inscribed on it, in honor of Gary Carter.
The final score of the tribute game as the St. Lucie Mets took on the Lakewood Flying Tigers was 7 to 2, in favor of the Mets.
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