Mets photo day at spring training simply isn’t the same this year.
Pitcher Noah Syndergaard posted a touching message to the Mets’ official Twitter account Thursday morning, paying tribute to Post sports photographer Anthony Causi, who passed away from coronavirus last April at 48.
“Hey Anthony, today’s photo day and it’s just not the same without you,” Syndergaard said. “It pretty much sucks. We’re thinking about you today, and we know that you’re snapping photos from above. Miss you man.”
Causi, on assignment for The Post, was a staple at Mets spring training throughout the last decade, bringing our readers a look at the Mets unlike any other photographer.
During Yoenis Cespedes’ first spring training with the Mets in 2016, Causi chronicled the outfielder’s wild cars, even one day getting a view riding shotgun. On photo day in 2016 Causi also captured the Mets’ vaunted starting rotation of Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Bartolo Colon, Steven Matz and Zack Wheeler.
And during his stays in Port St. Lucie, Causi developed a friendship with Syndergaard, who was willing to let Anthony try just about anything — including a photo of the right-hander signing an autograph from the ground up.