Causi was “one of the best sports photographers in New York City, capturing all the major moments of the past 25 years,” says Stephen Lynch, editor in chief of the New York Post, where Causi worked. Even better, the teams he covered loved him too: “Anthony was a great, funny and awesome guy to talk to and learn from about sports photography,” tweeted former Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius. “He was a charismatic photographer who brought fans closer to the action with his breathtaking images of the Mets,” agrees Jeff Wilpon, the New York Mets’ chief operating officer.
Causi would also take “pro” photos at Little League games, and provide them to the kids for free. His nephew Mario Lilla thought his uncle was an adult “stuck inside an 18-year-old.” From quarantine at his home on Long Island, Causi joked, “Until this whole thing is over, I will be stripping again at the Gogo lounge next to JFK airport from 8 till 4am!” Despite his quarantine, he was struck with COVID-19. On March 22, as he grew more and more ill, he posted on Facebook, “I will take any prayers you got for me right now.” It was his last post: Causi died from the disease on April 12, leaving a wife and two young children. He was 48.