NEW YORK, NEW YORK – APRIL 10: Point72 Asset Management and Gala Chair Steven A. Cohen speaks on stage the Lincoln Center Alternative Investment Gala at The Rainbow Room on April 10, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for Lincoln Center)
What a great day to be a fan of the New York Mets. It’s not very often you get to say that with a straight face. Finally, the light that is Steve Cohen is shining as bright as ever at the end of the tunnel, as the 64-year-old billionaire has entered exclusive negotiations to purchase the club.
If the transaction is completed, Cohen will become the richest owner in Major League Baseball. And while it’s obvious he will be willing to invest money into the team, the best part might be something else. Cohen is one of us.
As a lifelong fan of the orange and blue, Cohen brings an extra level of motivation to build a winner. Although most owners hope to build a contender, it’s going to have a whole different meaning for Cohen.
He knows how painful it’s been. He knows how dysfunctional it’s been. He knows what it’s felt like to be the ultimate punch line across the world of sports.
As a fan, Cohen brings passion that should turn the Mets into the crown jewel that many people think they should be. He wants to win.
He has suffered enough as a fan of this team to know how badly overdue they are for their first World Series title since 1986. Unlike most owners, his ball club is one that he has a true connection to.
With all due respect to Mr. Cohen, he isn’t what anyone would consider a spring chicken. At 64, if Cohen wants to build a history of winning, he’s going to have to get started sooner rather than later, which should also help to build excitement around his purchase of the team.
As a die-hard fan of the New York Mets, I can’t imagine the amount of excitement that would be going through my head if I were about to become the owner of the team.
It’s a feeling that very few people will ever get to experience in their life, and that’s why there should be little doubt that the Steve Cohen era will be nothing short of Amazin’.
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