Mets will wear Gary Carter patch

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- The New York Mets will remember Gary Carter by wearing a patch this season bearing his No. 8.

Carter died last week at age 57 after an eight-month battle with brain cancer.

Mets principal owner Fred Wilpon presented the patch to Sandy Carter, the Hall of Fame catcher's widow, after a memorial service Friday night at Christ Fellowship Church in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

In addition to Carter's No. 8, the patch also includes a home plate.

The Mets also will wear a second patch this season to recognize the 50th anniversary of the club's inaugural season, in 1962.

"When you think back, was there ever a human being who had more energy, or enthusiasm for life and for playing the game of baseball and his friendships?" former Montreal Expo and New York Met Rusty Staub said before Friday's memorial service. "He's smiling in heaven right now. I know it."

Adam Rubin covers the New York Mets for ESPNNewYork.com.