New York Mets fans wanted very little to do with Alex Rodriguez buying the team. Now that he won’t own the club, he’s spilling the beans on just how bad things could have been.
When it was rumored that former New York Yankees superstar Alex Rodriguez was interested in purchasing the New York Mets, most fans cringed at the prospect. Steve Cohen has done all the right things since buying the team and is proving to be unlike any sports team owner we’ve ever seen.
Cohen’s actions have proven that he was the right choice, but so have Rodriguez’s.
During Sportico’s “Business Beyond The Game” event, Rodriguez talked about his vision for the Mets had he succeeded in buying them, and let’s just say his spiel was quite controversial.
“When we looked at the Mets, we looked at it is intellectual property. … We looked at this like an entertainment sports media platform. And we thought baseball was just a small part of it. But through Jennifer we could we could drive the music with Live Nation business at Citi Field. With e-commerce we thought we had Mark Lloyd, best in class, what he’s done with Walmart, we could do the same with the Mets.
“We then thought that we can energize and turbo-charge the network by changing and mixing up programming a little bit, and by even getting better and higher talent. … So baseball was a small part of it, it wasn’t everything. And we felt we could buy this for $2.35 billion and over time make this a $10 or 15 billion holding company, much like the Fenway Group has done over in Boston.”
“Baseball was just a small part of it.”
If you’re the owner of a baseball team, saying that the sport the team is playing isn’t the primary focus of your plan for the team isn’t exactly what the fans want to hear.
Compare this to Cohen, who has repeated over and over again that the focus is always to win, no matter what it takes. And so far, he’s put his money where his mouth is by signing relief pitcher Trevor May and catcher James McCann with potentially more moves to come.
Mets fans want nothing more than to see their team win, not to see it become “an entertainment sports media platform”.
Rodriguez went on to mention that they had one person from each borough represented in the team to make the sales pitch, as if it’s a game to them. It had already been clear that Rodriguez and co. didn’t truly care about making the Mets the best team out there, but his words on Thursday served as confirmation.
It looks like they just saw it as an investment to further their own brand and profit from.
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Fans of the Mets, as well as the rest of the baseball world, are likely breathing a sigh of relief that the organization didn’t fall into the hands of people who weren’t seeking to prioritize the success of the team on the field.