Alex Rodriguez Tells Jimmy Fallon He’d Consider Mets Ownership Bid

Jesse Pantuosco
March 10, 2020 - 12:02 pm

Good luck fitting Alex Rodriguez’s novel-length resume on one page. Fourteen-time MLB All-Star, World Series champion, television analyst for ESPN and Fox, entrepreneur, Shark Tank regular … does A-Rod ever sleep?

You may be wondering what’s next on the ambitious 44-year-old’s agenda. You’re not alone as inquisitive late-night host Jimmy Fallon spent a large portion of Monday’s Tonight Show grilling the former Yankees third baseman. Rodriguez was mum on his rumored double date with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, citing a non-disclosure agreement, but he was much more forthcoming when the subject turned to the New York Mets, the team A-Rod grew up rooting for.

“A lot of people don’t know this, but growing up, I was a big Mets fan,” admitted A-Rod, who was born in Manhattan but spent most of his childhood in Miami. The three-time American League MVP also spilled to Fallon that 1986—the year the Mets famously claimed victory over the Roger-Clemens-led Red Sox in a thrilling seven-game World Series—was among the “best years" of his life.

As you may have heard, the Mets could be for sale soon—the Wilpon family nearly turned the team over to hedge-fund manager Steve Cohen before a last-minute change of heart this offseason. With Cohen no longer in the running, a number of Mets fans have clamored for Rodriguez to place his bid. While Rodriguez said he has yet to explore that possibility, the 22-year major-league vet certainly didn’t dismiss the idea of someday owning his beloved Mets.

“If the opportunity came up, I would certainly look at it and maybe you can buy them with me,” said Rodriguez, suggesting a team-up with Fallon (a known Yankees supporter who played an obsessed Red Sox fan in the romantic comedy Fever Pitch). A-Rod certainly has the financial resources to support a bid. He carries a net worth of $350 million, which is actually less than his fiancée, actress and pop icon Jennifer Lopez ($400 million).

Rodriguez wouldn’t be the first athlete to join the owner ranks as that path has already been traversed by Charlotte Hornets majority owner Michael Jordan and even A-Rod’s ex-teammate Derek Jeter, who finds himself atop the Marlins’ front-office pecking order. Whether it’s A-Rod or another investor, adding a fresh face to the team’s power structure would likely come as a breath of fresh air to Mets fans, who have grown increasingly frustrated by the Wilpon regime in recent years.

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