Mets Owner Steve Cohen Tried to Get a Source Outed on Twitter Using a Fan Ticket Contest?

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Mets Owner Steve Cohen Tried to Get a Source Outed on Twitter Using a Fan Ticket Contest?

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I don’t even know what to say about the Mets, man. I’m not TRYING to constantly laugh at their (self-inflicted) problems, but when the owner is out there just airing everything again and again, it’s pretty difficult not to notice.

The latest installment of lolMets starts with a relatively innocuous report in the New York Post about how Mets owner Steve Cohen and team president Sandy Alderson plan to proceed with their next year’s worth of hiring/firing decisions (president/GM, manager). The report includes some quotes on the Mets’ purported thinking from an anonymous MLB exec. It’s not even something I would’ve noticed, and although I’m sure it was much more well-traveled among Mets fans, it looks to me to be pretty vanilla.

But I suppose that’s because I was focused on the meat of the article, rather than the more salacious headline. The focus there, and almost certainly what got Cohen in a twist, was about an anonymous exec calling out the owner’s Twitter habits. The quote from the article, which is just one dude’s opinion and would be ignored by most responsible adults: “Cohen is out there tweeting about the organization and about stuff that he shouldn’t be tweeting about like he’s a fan. Why would somebody want to sign up for that? I think it’s a huge issue.”

Then, in an almost perfectly display of proof, Cohen took to Twitter with one of the most unorthodox steps I’ve ever seen: he wanted the source outed and created a CONTEST to generate attention for it.

That led to a purported outing of the source, and then denials from that purported source AND the article’s author. If I were a Mets fan – or employee! – I would find all of this deeply weird, at a minimum, and maybe even embarrassing. Follow along:

I’m sure that Samson, a former Marlins exec-turned-media personality, isn’t hating the attention, misidentified or otherwise. But for Cohen, why on earth would you want to turn this into even more of a circus? When you’ve already had to dismiss multiple GMs, when your team just got swept out of a legit postseason race, after you just had a buncha BS drama involving your two big infield acquisitions, and on and on? It’s not like it works as a distraction, because it just ADDS to the pile!

HOWEVER, since I am merely a baseball (and baseball drama) fan, I love it. Keep going!

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Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.