Carter makes immediate mark with Mets

New call-up's eighth-inning double a fitting reward for his maniacal work ethic

Updated: May 12, 2010, 3:44 PM ET
By Andrew Marchand | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- The only player who compares to "The Animal" in intensity is Kirk Gibson. In Jerry Manuel's nearly four decades in baseball, there have not been many bred like The Animal. Only Gibson.

"It's almost like a football player's mentality," Manuel said.

This makes sense because The Animal has a football player's name (with an "h" added) that might as well stand for hustle. Chris Carter is the "The Animal," dubbed by his manager in spring training, because of his crazy work ethic.

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