200 Miles From the Citi

July 13, 2010 6:44 AM

Still A Legend (& Celebrity Softball Player)


His name never came up in the discussion for the Florida Marlins managerial job.

He has yet to be mentioned in regards to the Baltimore Orioles managerial job.

The Mets won't discuss any contract extensions for Jerry Manuel until the end of the season...but even still, Bob Melvin, and sometimes Wally Backman, are the names being brought up in New York.  (If they even make a change.)

But Hall of Famer Gary Carter is still relevant when it comes to the All Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game.

You can have your Celebrity All Star summaries that focus on good-looking women like Marisa Miller or Jennie Finch.

I watched the Legends/Celebrity Softball Game to see Gary Carter and Mike Piazza hit my All-Time Mets team come to life.

And how about that never-say-die attitude.  Just like Game 6 of the 1986 World Series, Carter came up in the bottom half of the last inning and willed himself to not make the last out of the game, sneaking a single through the infield.  That loaded the bases for Piazza, who hit a grand slam.  They proceeded to lose the game a batter later, but I got my money's worth.

Another plus is that even though Carter was among the oldest players there, he did not look the worst.  That designation goes to Steve Garvey.  Yikes.

Seriously, though, Carter plays in this game every year.  He looks like he gets along with everyone there...and they seem to be getting along with him.  So I'm a little puzzled.

If people around Major League Baseball really didn't want him in the game as a manager...he wouldn't be invited to these events, right?  I mean, he's a Hall of Famer - they should want him involved in the game - and maybe even in some team's dugout.

So I'm back to hoping that maybe someday he will be managing a Major League team.

At least the very least, it's a safe bet that I can get my Gary Carter fix at next year's All Star weekend festivities, during the softball game.

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