“I was obsessed in the early 2000s when we had [Bobby] Valentine,” Snooki told MLB.com. “I loved [John] Franco, Robin Ventura, all of them. I was obsessed.”
The MTV reality star, who is pregnant, revealed she became a Mets fan because of her grandfather. Before she found fame on Jersey Shore, Snooki was featured on the Sports Illustrated blog Hot Clicks in a YouTube video featuring her singing the Mets Fight Song. The name of the video was posted under “Hottest Mets Fan Ever.”
Unfortunately, the Mets lost 2-8 to the Nationals, and Snooki was booed.
Bill Maher is now owner of the NY Mets. The comedian purchased a minority stake in the team.
“First of all, I think it’s a great investment,” Maher said. ”People sometimes forget that there’s only one National League franchise in New York City and they’re not making anymore. I’m a Met fan all my life and I think it would be a great place.”
The purchase comes after the team fell into financial struggles in the wake of the Bernie Madoff investment scandal. The team was sued by the trustee seeking to recover money from the victims of the Ponzi scheme. In September, the team called off a $200 m minority sale of the team, instead opting to sell limited partner shares.
“It happened months ago,” Maher said. ”It’s the first time I’ve been in New York, so we didn’t say anything. But I read about it in the paper in December saying the Mets were available— that you could buy these limited partnerships.”
Maher was at the Mets game on Sunday for an on the field ceremony at Citi Field. Though the Mets did not say how much Maher owned of the team, in March the team announced that 12 minority stakes were sold for $240 million.
“I’m just a fan,” Maher said. “I’m not going to get involved. I think my role is going to be bringing luck to the team— they didn’t have a no-hitter for 50 years, I buy in and I come to town and there’s a no hitter. Draw your own conclusions.”
In this economy, it is common for fans to jump seats to get closer to the action but be careful! Off-duty NYC police officer Eduardo Cornejo was arrested for seat stealing at Citi Field. Cornejo, who had a ticket to Wednesday’s Mets-Cincinnati Reds game, is being charged with trespassing.
Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said, “He (Cornejo) was in a section he wasn’t supposed to be, they asked him to leave. He wouldn’t. A supervisor asked him to leave. He wouldn’t. The uniformed police sergeant asked him to leave. He wouldn’t, and he was arrested as a result.”
Despite the arrest, Cornejo is not letting it effect his love for the Mets. Cornejo was wearing a NY Mets hat at his home in Staten Island when a NY Post writer asked for a comment. The worst part of the story is the Mets didn’t even win the game, falling to the Reds 6-2.
When news broke of Osama Bin Laden’s death, the NY Mets and Philadelphia Phillies were in a heated divisional matchup but any rivalry was interrupted by the fans chanting “USA!” Players did not find out the reason behind the chanting until an inning later. After the game, Mets third-baseman David Wright said, “I don’t like to give Philadelphia fans too much credit, but they got this one right,” and pitcher Chris Young said, “There are some things in life that are bigger than a game. To hear the crowd chant ‘USA’, I got chills.”