This 5-card subset in 1992 OPC is a very nice tribute to a future HOFer, with one card devoted to each stop in Carter’s career. My kneejerk reaction to seeing this again was “This is such a nice subset, this type of thing should be done more often”… Then thoughts of 196-card tributes to Alex Rodriguez or Chipper Jones filled me with dread, and I backed off on my wishes.
As for what the Mets will do this season… I’m sure there’ll be a patch; it might be as simple as a black patch with “KID” in white letters, it could be something more elaborate.
I’m sure there will be some sort of appropriate tribute at the home opener.
What a lot of Mets fans are asking are “Will the Mets retire #8?”
My feelings are mixed on this; If you asked me 10 years ago if the Mets should retire 8, I would’ve said “No” because I didn’t regard it as unthinkable that anyone would ever wear 8 again. To me, being a HOFer isn’t enough to get your number retired, you have to have meant so much to the team that the mere thought of someone else wearing that number elicits an “Aw HELL no!” Since nobody burned down Shea Stadium when Dave Gallagher, Steve Swisher, Carlos Baerga, Cookie Rojas, Desi Relaford and Matt Galante wore the number after Carter, then there obviously wasn’t an “Aw HELL no!” involved.
The number’s been out of circulation for 9 seasons. Last year I would’ve said they should either retire it or put it back into production. Fish or cut bait.
But now? Now, the Mets have painted themselves into a corner. If they retire 8 now, many fans (myself included) would say “If you were going to retire it, why couldn’t you do it when Carter was still ALIVE, you schmucks?”
If they give the number out to a current player, they’re heartless bastards.
I see this playing out in one of two ways:
1) They’ll wait a few years until some plausible reason comes up, and then retire 8 for both Gary Carter and Yogi Berra. One could argue that Berra meant as much to the franchise as Carter did, and he wore the number more than twice as long as a player, coach and manager.
2) They’ll keep it out of circulation until a worthy player comes along and requests #8, and they’ll say “We don’t like giving this number out, but since it’s <insert All-Star player’s name here>, we’ll make an exception”. Then the Mets front office will thank their lucky stars that the number’s back in circulation and when that player leaves they’ll leave it as an active number.
…But it’s the Mets, so who knows what they’ll do?
An important message to you, the faithful reader of The Shlabotnik Report
I’m proud to say that this is the first time in this blog’s history where I featured cards where I wasn’t sure where the cards were but was able to find them. I’m proud because it means that I’ve gotten the Shlabotnik collection organized enough that I can find things again.
My intent from the start was to document the process of focusing my collection, and sharing all the cool stuff I rediscovered along the way. While I knew that I needed some motivating factor (i.e. this blog) to get me past that depression that swept over me every time I looked at the mess of a room, I didn’t fully appreciate how much of a mess it was. Now that I can find stuff again, I can be better about sharing the fun stuff I’ve accumulated.
Thanks for sharing the journey so far, I hope to repay you for your dedication.