The New York Mets honored the life of 10-year-old Lazar LaPenna Tuesday afternoon, four days after the young Mets fan died on a Little League baseball field in Long Beach.
The team leaned three bats against a wall just outside the entrance to the Mets clubhouse at Citi Field — a gesture Little Leagues across Long Island are taking part in to support relatives and friends of the fourth grader, who tragically died after suffering an epileptic seizure after getting a base hit on Friday.
Families are standing bats outside their front doors and encouraging others to do so in social media posts tagged #batsoutforLazar.
“We send our love and support to his family and teammates in the Long Beach/Lido Little League,” reads a post on the Mets’ official Facebook page.
Lazar’s father Gregg posted a tribute to his son in the True Mets fans Facebook group on Sunday. The heartfelt post also described the exuberance and pure happiness Lazar had shown after getting a hit and just prior to suffering a seizure.
“I’m holding the scorebook as he looks at me with the biggest smile,” Gregg LaPenna said in the heartbreaking post. “I look down at the book to mark his single. That’s when my, my family’s life change… Lazar collapsed with excitement and went into a seizure.”
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