“The Kid’s” fight
If there is one thing I’ve understood more lately then ever before is that life is very short. I saw two family members pass from Alzheimer’s Disease last year. A close college friend battled cancer and has beaten it. While all those events had an effect on me, yesterday’s news that Baseball Hall-of-Famer Gary Carter’s fight with brain cancer had taken a turn for the worse was tough to handle.
When I was young, Carter was my baseball hero. He was traded to my favorite team, the New York Mets, in late 1984 and was the last piece towards an eventual championship in 1986. I found myself drawn to Carter because of his smile and enthusiasm. Both were infectious. Carter’s nickname was “The Kid” because of that boyish attitude. I began to wear the number 8 because it was Carter’s number.
Some years later, Carter was retired and working for the Florida Marlins as a color analyst on their broadcasts. I was an intern with the Philadelphia Phillies when I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet Carter, thanks to Phils public address announcer Dan Baker. His smile was the same that I saw after the opening day home run Carter hit at Shea Stadium in 1985; the same one that lit up his face the night the Mets reached baseball’s pinnacle in 1986. We talked for only a few minutes, but he treated me like I had known him for years. The autograph he gave me adorns my office desk because it reminds me of one thing…
Every single day, we must treat our lives like a blessing. Cliche? Maybe. But it is absolutely true.
Think about it. How many little things do we let bother us? Things that, ultimately, don’t matter in the grand scheme of life. Maybe a little “Kid”-like attitude can help you face your challenges. Think of what makes you happy… smile… then, brush yourself off, and step back up to the plate.
Today, Gary Carter is fighting for his life. While you may not be battling brain cancer, take a moment and remember that our life is something to live to the fullest. Don’t take advantage of it.
I’m including a link so you can see what Carter’s foundation does. Cancer has also touched many of our lives. Friend Laura Scholz will be participating in the Sam Robb Memorial 5K & Fun Run to raise money for CURE in February. Sam lost his fight with cancer in 2007 at the age of 20. Lastly, Roswell Park Cancer Institute has its Alliance Foundation that manages all donations made to RPCI. Since its inception, over $173 million has been contributed to benefit the Institute’s research, education and patient care programs.
Posted on January 20, 2012, in Hot Topic, Inspiration and tagged Alzheimer's, Baseball Hall of Fame, baseball hero, brain cancer, cancer, Gary Carter, Jason Mollica, New York Mets, philadelphia phillies, public address announcer, Shea Stadium, World Series. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.