First of all, let me say I mean absolutely no disrespect to Gary Carter and his family. In fact, I have all the respect in the world for “the kid,” and the news of his inoperable brain tumor has hit me hard. I am a New York Mets fan because of the 1986 World Series Championship team that Carter was such an instrumental part of. At that point, Carter had already played 11 seasons, a former Rookie of the Year with the Expos, but it was the historic series against the Red Sox that sealed my baseball fandom. And no one was more of a role model on that Mets team than Carter. Granted, it was a team of misfits, but alongside Mookie Wilson, it is often documented that no one was more liked in the clubhouse.
As the very sad news was released that the 57 year old's brain cancer has advanced to stage 4 and deemed inoperable, Duke University doctors revealed a treatment plan that will include chemotherapy and radiation. But if Reader's Digest has taught me anything, laughter is the best medicine. So I'm passing along this classic 1986 Mets rap song. Actually, it's classic-ly bad. So bad in fact, I didn't even know it existed and it looks as though half of the team steered clear of the promotional track, Carter included.
1986 was clearly the year of the sports rap peak, but Metsmerized was no Super Bowl Shuffle. It might just be the worst rap song ever created.