ESPN- Hall of Fame linebacker Brian Urlacher, Super Bowl champion Travis Kelce and 2014 NFL Offensive Player of the Year DeMarco Murray are part of a group of investors who have joined power couple Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez in a bid to buy the New York Mets. The group has already submitted its initial bid of $1.7 billion. Hedge fund billionaire Steve Cohen has made a top bid so far of $2 billion, according to a report by the New York Post. Mets COO Jeff Wilpon would prefer to sell to the Rodriguez-Lopez group if its offer is close to the best bid at the end of the auction, according to the Post.
Rodriguez, who last starred with the Yankees, and fiancee Lopez have put $300 million of their own money toward the bid. Other investors include future Hall of Fame offensive lineman Joe Thomas, who spent his entire career with the Cleveland Browns, two-time NBA All-Star Bradley Beal from the Washington Wizards, and Denver Nuggets center Mason Plumlee.
You know Steve Cohen is in Alex Rodriguez's kitchen once A-Rod starts trying to recruit all his rich friends that could beat up Uncle Stevie. Not that they ever would because I imagine our Baseball Lord and Savior is surrounded by no less than 500 henchmen at any given moment. But it's nice to know that Round 1 of bidding has people not named Steve Cohen shaking in their boots.
Now I'm on the record that Steve Cohen is not only my number 1 choice to buy the Mets but also at least two tiers higher than any other ownership group. But if something were to happen to Cohen or his bid, we have to think of which group we would want next and I think that group was Mike Repole's group because it has people with brains, sex appeal, and a shitload of #content appeal for us here at Barstool. The thought that somewhere there is an offer sheet with the names Alex Rodriguez, Jennifer Lopez, Brian Urlacher, Travis Kelce, DeMarco Murray, Joe Thomas, Bradley Beal, Mason Plumlee, Mike Repole, and Dave Portnoy to buy the New York Mets is, to borrow a phrase, BANANUHLAND. It's still like the one millionth craziest thing to happen in 2020. But it's wild nonetheless.
However, baseball owners approving the sale of the Mets to a group that is literally and figuratively starting to resemble a football team cannot be good for the longterm outlook of the bid. Not only because a bigger investment group means more potential hiccups with financial issues but because would you put it past an MLB owner, who is part of the pettiest group of people on Earth, blocking a deal to an ownership group because one of the players in that group cost him a fantasy football championship years ago? Because I sure as shit wouldn't.
That being said, I feel like Brian Urlacher is now a much bigger force in the negotiating game than he was as a player.
Counterpoint: If Uncle Stevie sees that Urlacher betrayed the Balds with that fresh batch of lettuce, he may throw an extra half of billy in on spite alone.