The New York Mets are using their seat-filling cardboard cutouts to pay tribute to a beloved member of the New York media.
Anthony Causi, a New York Post photographer for 25 years, died in April at age 48 after battling COVID-19. There was an outpouring of love and support at the time, especially for his wife and two young children, but there was no way for him to be honored at a baseball game with the season suspended due to the pandemic.
With MLB exhibition games now underway, there was finally a chance to pay tribute to Causi. The Mets found the perfect way: they took a cardboard cutout of Causi and set it in the photo pool — exactly where you’d find him during any Mets game.
The Mets have put up a cardboard cutout of Anthony Causi in the photo pit ❤️ pic.twitter.com/XU6XQwWmSL
— SNY (@SNYtv) July 21, 2020
— New York Mets (@Mets) July 21, 2020
The Yankees also honored him on Sunday during an exhibition game with the Mets, putting a tribute on the scoreboard and holding a moment of silence.
— Mike Vaccaro (@MikeVacc) July 19, 2020
Causi spent his career photographing the New York sports scene, taking a number of iconic photos of Mets and Yankees stars over the years. He’s most remembered for his photo of Mariano Rivera jogging out to the mound from the bullpen.
Wow. Pleasant surprise... this photo was signed by BOTH Rivera and Causi. I had only expected Rivera’s signature. One of the most iconic photos in Yankees history. RIP Anthony Causi. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/aiDAssVrQh
— ً (@NYYDJ2) May 13, 2020
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