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February 12, 2014 at 1:04 am ET
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Gary Carter, 7Up and Envy

They say that envy is one of the seven deadly sins. So maybe envy is too strong a word, though in my estimation, not too strong a sentiment.

Since Gary Carter passed, how many former teammates, opponents, friends, admirers have made mention that Carter “Did it the right way?”

They weren’t referring to performance enhancing drugs, but rather drugs of any kind. Or smoking. Or drinking. Or womanizing. And he always had time for media and the fans. Gary Carter never deviated from who he was. The Hall of Fame catcher did it the right way, not only in baseball, but in life.

Family came first, everything else came second. The image of Carter walking away from the mound with his daughter Christy’s hand in his from this early ’80s 7Up commercial, strikes me emotionally as we approach the second anniversary of “Kid’s” passing.

I am no longer an impressionable child, rather I’m a man with my own family, but damned if I don’t want to be the man Gary Carter was.

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