Mets to do battle with Yankees in front of cardboard fans

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Posted at 4:28 PM, Jul 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-18 16:28:20-04

QUEENS — Let's just say Saturday night's crowd at Citi Field may be a little stiff.

That's because, since crowds are not allowed at professional sporting events during the coronavirus pandemic, the Mets have followed the lead of many European soccer teams and offered fans the chance to appear as themselves in cardboard cutout form, starting with tonight's preseason duel with the Yankees.

Cutouts are being sold by the team for $86 each (the club last won the World Series in 1986). Net proceeds will be donated to the Mets Foundation.

Orders are on a first-come, first-serve basis, though the following images are banned:

  • Commercial advertisements, including slogans, websites and phone numbers
  • Social media handles and hashtags
  • Offensive or negative references to any MLB team
  • Names of any MLB players
  • Statements or endorsements of political candidates
  • Third party logos/branding

On the field, the Amazins will start a largely first-choice lineup against the Bronx Bombers. Pete Alonso, Brandon Nimmo, Robinson Cano, a DH-ing Yoenis Cespedes, Michael Conforto, JD Davis and Amed Rosario will all start. Rick Porcello is Saturday's starting pitcher. First pitch will be just after 7 p.m.