Steve Cohen said nobody remembers if you came in second or third place, when discussing his championship aspirations for the Mets.
Then the new Mets owner jokingly offered proof, when he was asked about the other bidders for the franchise.
“Who are the other bidders? I don’t remember,” Cohen said with a grin Tuesday in his introductory press conference.
The other bidders, of course, included a group led by Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez. Cohen won out in the end, purchasing the club for $2.4 billion and gaining MLB approval by getting 26 of 30 votes from other owners. One of the no votes reportedly belonged to Jerry Reinsdorf, who is close with Rodriguez.
The J-Rod bid also had backing in New York politics, with Mayor Bill de Blasio telling MLB commissioner Rob Manfred that he didn’t want Cohen to own the Mets, The Post previously reported.
Rodriguez was “fuming” when he didn’t win the bid, The Post also reported, after his group came up with a $2.3 billion offer.
Cohen said he had not heard from Rodriguez and Lopez, but “I certainly wish them well.”
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