One of the first things Steve Cohen did as the Mets new owner was take to Twitter and talk to the fans.
“I anticipate closing the deal in the next 10 days and then it’s off and running,” the hedge-fund billionaire wrote Sunday morning. “I would love to hear your ideas to make YOUR Mets experience better.”
Receiving 26 of 30 votes from MLB owners Friday, Cohen’s $2.4 billion purchase of the Mets was officially approved, making the 64-year-old the franchise’s majority owner and control person. The purchase, once finalized, will end nearly two decades of sole family ownership by Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz.
Cohen’s Twitter account, which has racked up 22,000 followers as of early Sunday afternoon, had seldom been active since it was created in January 2017. But it seems Cohen’s purchase of the Mets has prompted him to get more familiar with his fan base.
In the last day or so, Cohen has responded to several Mets fans.
“You’ve already done it by buying the team,” Twitter user @NotDWright wrote in response Cohen’s plea for suggestions to make things better for fans.
“Nah, we can do more than that,” Cohen replied.
One fan claimed he was banned from all Mets facilities in 2016 for tweeting about Jeff Wilpon “in jest and in poor taste.” The fan posted a picture of a May 2, 2016 letter as proof.
“We need to fix that,” Cohen wrote, later calling the letter “amazing.”
Cohen has an estimated net worth of $14 billion and has already teased that he’s already focused on getting to work as free agency begins Sunday night.
“My family and I are lifelong Mets fans, so we’re really excited about this,” he wrote in his first statement. “With free agency starting Sunday night we will be working towards a quick close.
“Let’s go Mets!”
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