Thursday, February 16, 2012

My Gary Carter Story

I'm saddened to hear that Gary Carter passed away today at the young age of 57. Carter had been battling cancer since doctors discovered inoperable tumors on his brain in May 2011. I don't know the pain that Carter went through and I don't pretend to know but I went through a brain problem too. My problem was not cancer but I did feel like it was the end of the world.

This is the weird part...

On a Friday night in April, 2008 I told my mom that I was going to get an autograph the next morning even though I wasn't feeling that well. I couldn't explain it.

The autograph that I was going to get was Gary Carter. My mom calls me on Saturday morning asking me if I was able to get his autograph. I told her I'm not feeling too well and felt too lazy to drive up to Fullerton. I think my mom was surprised since she knows that autographs is my passion. My mom tells my wife to take me. That's another sign of me being really sick since I hate being a passenger. I need to be in control of the car. My wife takes me to Fullerton even though I didn't want to go. I remember getting out of the car in Fullerton and not being able to walk that well. It's like someone shut me down. I felt disabled.

I somehow managed to walk up a little hill in Cal State Fullerton where Carter was signing autographs for fans. It was a free event to promote a independent baseball league. Carter was to manage a team in Fullerton that year.

Gary Carter

I got a baseball signed and chatted with Carter for a few minutes. He was excited about managing and wanted to get back in MLB as a coach or manager. He was really nice to everyone and I was happy that I didn't miss this event.

We left Fullerton and I honestly don't remember what happened next. Whatever I was saying didn't make sense. A few years later my dad told me that he was the one that took me to the hospital to meet up with my doctor and that I started to talk really quick and everything I was saying was about how the Dodgers were going to win the World Series. Till this day, my doctor makes fun of me and asks me "Dodgers going to win this year?"

It's a long story and I don't feel comfortable sharing it but the I guess I was diagnosed with "brain deficiency". My doctor in Children's Hospital says it was a serious problem that needed to be cured with antibiotics. My other doctor in UCLA said it wasn't a "brain deficiency". They claim it was a major infection in my brain and that it's a miracle that I'm alive. I don't know who to believe but I'm just happy that I'm still here.

I was in the hospital for a few weeks. When I was released, I was still stuck in bed at home with a IV (Intravenous therapy) connected to my arm. I missed many Dodger games. I remember being really upset because I couldn't watch Clayton Kershaw's first game at Dodger Stadium. That was May 25th. It wasn't because I had a IV connected to my arm. I just didn't have the energy to move around.

The nurses told me that I can still leave the house with a small IV machine. Want to know how obsessed I can get with autographs? On May 24th, I met Pedro Guerrero. Underneath my Dodgers jacket, I had the IV connected to my arm.

Pedro Guerrero

Photo Day was May 25th. Kershaw's first career game. I went but left after Photo Day was done. I just couldn't stay.

Chin-lung Hu.

My IV is underneath the jacket.

Chin-lung Hu

I find it really weird that I met Carter when I was having brain problems and he passes away because of brain tumors.

2008 was not the last time I was sick. If you were reading this blog in 2010, you might remember I went to the disabled list. {linked here}

Enough with this post. It gets me depressed. Plus I can't die yet. I need to see the Dodgers win a World Series so my doctor can shut up and my beautiful son needs me! :)

Rest in peace Gary.


ANDY! said...

Hello Roberto, let me start by thanking you for sharing your touching, compeling & very encouraging story! I could only imagine the road you travel on a daily basis with your personal health. And all though I personally don't know you or have had the pleasure to meet you from what I hear you are a pretty awesome guy;) so I'm sure i speak for A LOT of us when I say we will keep you & your family in our prayers!!! Plus our MIGHTY DODGERS are goin to shut your doctor up;)

Roberto Baly said...

Thank you Andy!

I appreciate the kind words. :)

CreditWise said...

Just like what Andy said, I don't know you very well either and I don't know much about red blood cells or white blood cells but I can tell you gotta whole lotta strong heart Roberto, no matter whats going on with your blood cells. I thank you for sharing that as well. Remember anything is possible, think of the 88 Dodgers. God doesn't give you anything that you can't handle. And I'm sure Gary Carter would agree. You and your son are in good hands and you will be in my prayers too. God Bless

Dusty Baker's Toothpick said...

Roberto, thanks for stopping your story when you did. You almost had a grown man in tears...

I met you briefly at the softball tournament last weekend, and it was a pleasure. Keep doing what you do, and keep doing it for many more years! Go Dodgers!