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Players from throughout his career filed in to pay their respects, including Darryl Strawberry and other members of the championship Mets team. Before the nearly two-hour-long service began, footage of Carter projected onto huge screens showed him on the field, at home with his children, being interviewed by David Letterman, and in commercials for products from Ivory soap to 7-Up. Flower arrangements shaped like baseballs and home plates emblazoned with his No. 8 filled the stage, and there were nearby pictures of Carter and his trademark grin.
"All you can do is smile when you hear his name," said Andre Dawson, who played with Carter with the Expos and spoke outside the service.
Over and over, that smile was invoked by the speakers. Some called it electrifying, others infectious, others confident. But they all spoke of it being seared in their memories of a man they loved.
In his final days, Mullins said, Carter no longer could speak. His family and friends drew near. And though words were elusive, he still managed to flash a smile.
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