Carter honored by Elizabethton City Council
BY IVAN SANDERS
STAR SPORTS EDITOR
While 2020 is a year that many would just as soon forget, it will be one that former Elizabethton High School baseball player Evan Carter won’t soon forget.
Carter missed out on his senior baseball season as a Cyclone but had a pretty good future laid out before him when he committed to play collegiately for the Duke Blue Devils.
However, that idea was scratched just a few weeks ago on June 11th when Carter heard his name called in the second round of the Major League Baseball draft at #50 by the Texas Rangers.
With a contract in hand signed on June 19th, Carter has been waiting for his first assignment with the team but due to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases, that date has continued to be pushed out.
On Thursday during the regularly-scheduled July meeting of the Elizabethton City Council, Carter’s hometown had the opportunity to bestow another accolade on Carter when Mayor Curt Alexander set his hand forth to a proclamation making Friday, July 20, 2020, as Evan Carter Day in the City of Elizabethton.
“In the 16 years that I have been here, this is only the second time that we have had the honor to recognize someone that is moving on to play the sport that they love and represent their community,” stated Alexander prior to presenting the proclamation. “The first guy (Jason Witten) that we sent out has done a pretty good job of representing East Tennessee and Elizabethton and made us proud.
“There is no doubt that Mr. Carter is going to do the same thing.”
“I have had the privilege of knowing his dad all through school and watch Evan and Eric his brother both grow up for many, many years which means that I am getting pretty darn old,” Alexander continued. “But it’s great to see great young men like Evan and his brother as well succeed in life and do great things and do the things they love to do and I know it’s because of the two people sitting next to them as well.”
On a personal note, Alexander said that as a father of daughters, one dread’s the day they bring a guy home but with young men like Carter and his brother, those are the type of guys that one wants to see their daughter bring home which is very rare in the day and time.
In concluding his statements, Alexander said, “We are proud of Evan for the things that he has done and the way he has worked and how he has represented Elizabethton High School, the City of Elizabethton, and we’re so excited on what you are going to do. We are just tickled to death and we just wanted to give a small token of appreciation to you.”
Along with his brother, Carter was joined by his father, Jason, and his mother, Susan, for the proclamation.
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