I grew up in NY and was a fan of the 1986 Mets team that won it all. When I invented the Knee Saver a few years later it was really tough to get any traction with pro baseball players. Living in Houston at the time (right before medical school) I was able to get in touch with the Montreal Expos’ trainer to set up a meeting with Gary to see if he would try my prototype. It was his last go round with the team and he was at the end of his career. He gave me all the time in the world to hear my pitch and he was just as nice as you saw him on TV. The problem was that he could not even bend his knees past 90 degrees as they were so arthritic and swollen and therefore he couldn’t even try my pads. About five or six years later the product finally became commonplace on the market.   Fifteen years after our first meeting I was at a medical conference where Mr. Carter was a spokesperson for an arthritis medication.  Obviously, he wasn’t making up the problem.   The drug company said that was going to show up for an hour and sign autographs, etc.   I happened to be there as a vendor for the Placebo Journal.   I got in line like everyone else to meet him and after a half hour or so it was my turn.   I couldn’t help mentioning to him that I had met him years back in Houston and that he was the first pro to give me time about the Knee Saver. He remembered immediately!   He gushed on and on about how he wished he had that product earlier in his career. He made a point to mention to all his entourage and even the crowd who I was. He went overboard and it was so genuine. Gary Carter, the dude with the constant smile on his face, had it for a reason. He was just that nice of a person.   At the age of 57, The Kid, died yesterday from his brain tumors. You will be missed. Thank you again for being so nice to a young man with a crazy dream.

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  2 comments for “GARY CARTER – RIP

  1. Jill Tipton
    February 25, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    Thank you for sharing your Gary Carter story. He was a class act.

  2. joel
    February 20, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    great story, Doug. Thanks for sharing

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