Mets Honor Gary Carter At Home Opener
The New York Mets honored the memory of former captain, All-Star and Hall of Fame member Gary Carter, who helped lead the 1986 Mets to a World Series Championship, with a pre-game ceremony attended by the Carter family on opening day. Also on hand for the event were Carter’s teammates, Darryl Strawberry, Mookie Wilson, Ron Darling, Keith Hernandez, Tim Teuffel, Bobby Oheda and the family of William Shea, the New York attorney who was credited with bringing National League Baseball back to New York after the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants skipped town for the West Coast prior to the start of the 1959 season.
During a special press conference, Strawberry and Wilson spoke of how the 1986 World Champion Mets were a wild group that needed Carter’s leadership to help keep them in line. They credited religious beliefs that they say helped the team believe in God and the power of prayer that led the team to winning the World Series.
Later on during the game the Mets sent ace starter Johan Santana to face the Atlanta Braves in the home opener. Santana outpitched Atlanta ace Tommy Hansen for a 1 to 0 Mets opening day victory. David Wright drove in Andres Torres with the winning run in the sixth inning.