As soon as Javier Baez rocked the world with his explanation of the thumbs down controversy, I think everyone was waiting to hear from New York Mets owner Steve Cohen. Vocal to the nth degree, Cohen broke Twitter silence the only way he knew how: with a mix of honesty and slight sarcasm.
I’m not a huge fan of the owner going on Twitter and expressing himself. This is a gateway to worse things. Are we going to see him dancing on TikTok in the future?
Anyway, Cohen’s tweets are hit and miss. This one, relating to Baez and his employees rubbing fans the wrong way with their celebration, was one we could all relate to.
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Hours after we all stared on in some disbelief as Baez described the meaning behind the thumbs down, Cohen finally tweeted his thoughts. It was at 10:35pm when we got this from Cohen:
The black jerseys were always a red herring that could be tossed around at any moment to distract from bigger problems. Why didn’t the Mets sign this player? That trade stinks! And so forth. And so on.
The return of the black jerseys hasn’t gone well with the team dropping all three games in them. What’s more, their return on July 30 coincided with the arrival of Baez to the club and was pretty much the finale of the team’s stay in first place.
It’s all just a big old coincidence these events seemed to take place together. The schedule is what really killed the Mets. Those 13 games versus the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants weren’t meant to be a shot to the heart. Nobody foresaw the Giants being this excellent.
Since taking over as the owner, Cohen has done a lot of good things for the franchise. Unfortunately, he can only control so much.
This past weekend, Jerry Koosman had his number retired. A few weeks earlier, they added Edgardo Alfonzo, Ron Darling, and Jon Matlack to the franchise’s Hall of Fame. Next year, we finally get the Tom Seaver statue.
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Where the team has failed on the field, the front office has given the fans what they crave. This may ultimately be the legacy Cohen leaves with the franchise. The anti-Wilpons, who rarely gave the fans what they wanted to see, is on a mission. And if fans don’t want to see the players give them a thumbs down, you better believe Cohen has at least looked into whether or not thumbs are required to play the game and if he can get away with a thumbless roster.