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NEW YORK -DECEMBER 10:  New York Mets shortstop Kazuo Matsui (L) smiles as he shakes hands with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg during a press conference December 10, 2003 in New York City. Kazuo signed a $20.1 million three-year deal with a possible $900,00 in additional bonuses.  (Photo by Stephen Chernin/Getty Images)


Mayor Bloomberg Still Isn’t Buying the Mets

Nearly one year ago, Mayor Bloomberg was asked if he was interested in purchasing a stake in the New York Mets. He wasn't. Via the News:

"I don't think I should own a baseball team," answered Bloomberg, smiling. "I have tickets to the Mets and Yankees for my daughters to go and I enjoy baseball and a beer and a box of popcorn there, but you can rest assured that I'm not going to buy a baseball team or have an interest in it."

Anyway, yesterday Bloomberg was asked about Councilman Jimmy Oddo's suggestion that he buy the team. Responded the mayor: "With Jimmy Oddo’s money?" So yeah, the answer is still no.

For the record, Bloomberg's not simply uninterested in buying the Mets. He's uninterested in buying any sports team. Also from the Observer's Politicker blog:

“Look the Mets are fun and I like going, I think Citi Field turned out fine. Why anybody wants to own a sports team, I can’t figure out. If you think the business press is tough, and then you get to the political press, the sports press that’s just really,” Mayor Bloomberg trailed off and let the audience fill in the blanks.

Added Bloomberg:

“I like the Wilpons, they are nice people, I’ve known the family for a while. I wish them–hopefully they work themselves out of their fiscal problems,” Mayor Bloomberg said. “I like to go and I like to have a beer, and some popcorn and enjoy.”

So we can probably stop asking him about this now. It's clear at this point that he just wants to enjoy his beer and popcorn, and he doesn't want to do it from the owner's box.

Photo: Stephen Chernin/Getty Images