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Tributes To Mets' Gary Carter Stretch From Citi Field To Florida

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New York Mets fans paid tribute to former catcher Gary Carter at Citi Field in Queens on Friday.

The Empire State Building was lit in the Mets' team colors of blue and orange in memory of Carter, one day after he lost his battle with brain cancer.

Carter, known as "The Kid," was a big part of the Mets 1986 World Series championship team.

His base hit with two outs in the 10th inning of Game 6 of the World Series started the Mets' miracle comeback.

Down at training camp in Florida, some current New York Mets players who reported early spoke very highly on Friday of the late former Mets catcher Gary Carter, who lost his battle with brain cancer the previous day.

Current Mets catcher Josh Thole played for Carter in the minor leagues.

"Gary was the guy who pretty much taught me how to be a man," said Mets catcher Josh Thole. "Eighteen years old, coming from a small town, Gary, he really let you go out and play the game, learn a lot about yourself. And without that I don't know where I would have been today."

"He was like a warrior type that we looked to and go, you know what, if he's out on the field every day, we're going to bust our butt as well," said Mets coach and former teammate Tim Teufel. "Great example, good leader, good fit for the New York Mets when he came over and did a great job and a good clubhouse guy."

Mets pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to camp on Tuesday.

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