‘The Kid’ was all right

Hall of Fame baseball player Gary Carter was nicknamed “The Kid” for the joyful, exuberant way he embraced the game along with his childlike, innocent personality.
Which means what I am about to tell you should bring a smile to your face.
Gary Carter coined the term “F-bomb.”
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, which added the word in 2012, Carter used the term after being called out on strikes in a game in 1988. He had words with the home plate umpire and later told teammates he had been ejected from a Major League game only twice in his life. Then, almost apologetically, he said that was, “Back when I used to use the F-bomb.”
He did not realize it at the time, but because he refused to say the actual word, he wound up coining the now famous stand-in.
Carter, who died of brain cancer in 2012, played most of his career with the Montreal Expos but also played a significant role in the New York Mets winning the World Series in 1986.
He hit 324 career home runs and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2003.
Why do I know all of this? And why am I writing about it today?
Well, because we are all sheltering in place nowadays. And I have plenty of time to watch old games on the MLB Network, enjoy the play of guys like Gary Carter one more time, and then follow up with Google searches.
It’s helping me get by while this f-bomb pandemic has robbed us of the actual baseball season.


Ed Ackerman