Watch Gary Carter’s final hit in a Mets’ uniform from a fan’s perspective


This is pretty special. A fan who was in attendance for Gary Carter’s final game at Shea Stadium in a Mets’ uniform has uploaded his 8mm camcorder footage.

The game below took place on September 27, 1989 against the Phillies. Carter, who was limited to just 50 games that season due to injuries, entered the game in the top of the ninth inning as a defensive replacement for Mackey Sasser. He came up to bat in the bottom of the ninth and doubled off right-hander Jeff Parrett before being taken out of the game for pinch-runner Craig Shipley. You can’t see where the ball landed, but it’s not really important.

The title of the video says that this was Carter’s last at-bat as a Met, but he actually went 0-for-5 in the season finale against the Pirates at Three Rivers Stadium a couple of days later.

Anyway, this video truly captures what it must have felt like to be at Shea Stadium on that special night. It’s almost like opening a time capsule. Great stuff.

(Hat-tip to Paul Hadsall for the link)

Jeff Samardzija to undergo MRI on right shoulder

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Giants starter Jeff Samardzija will undergo an MRI on his ailing right shoulder, according to NBC Sports Bay Area. The right-hander struggled in a minor league game on Wednesday, surrendering a pair of home runs and hitting a batter. Overall this spring, Samardzija has given up 15 runs (13 earned) on 17 hits (six homers) and seven walks with seven strikeouts in 11 innings.

This may mean Samardzija won’t be ready for the start of the regular season. Derek Holland would likely replace Samardzija in the rotation. Holland had been competing for the No. 5 spot in the Giants’ rotation.

Samardzija led the National League in losses last season with 15, also posting a 4.42 ERA with a 205/32 K/BB ratio in a league-high 207 2/3 innings. Since becoming a starter, Samardzija has been able to avoid injury, making 32 or 33 starts in each of the last five seasons.