Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson tweeted out his support for Steve Cohen’s bid to become the new Mets owner, following The Post’s report that Mayor Bill de Blasio is trying to halt the hedge fund billionaire’s purchase of the team.
“Wishing my friend and New Yorker Steve Cohen, a successful MLB vote Friday to join Baseballs fraternity. He’s a lifetime fan. He’s wanted the team since the day I ‘Met’ him,” Jackson wrote on Twitter. “I’m sure he’ll get the great Met franchise back on its winning ways. MLB and the city need him. Go my man”
In late 2019, Jackson told The Post that he’d spoken with Cohen on numerous occasions in the previous 10-15 years about forming an ownership group.
“He was just dead stuck on the Mets,” Jackson said then. “I have tried to talk to him about the Dodgers and the A’s and a couple of other teams and he said, ‘Reggie, I might be interested in the Dodgers, my daughter goes to college in that area, but I live [in Connecticut] and I’m a Mets fan and that is kind of where my focus is. If there is ever an opportunity, that is where it would be.’ ”
It’s a long overdue opportunity for the Mets to write checks like their crosstown rivals.
“The Mets got involved with [Bernie] Madoff and had some financial troubles and if you are going to compete in New York, you’ve got to be able to write a big check,” Jackson said. “Steve loves baseball. I take a look at the New York sports teams and there’s really only one that is successful [the Yankees], so it takes more money.”
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