Alex Rodriguez explains why Mets have 'competitive advantage' under owner Steve Cohen

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On Thursday night, Alex Rodriguez will be on the call with the ESPN broadcast crew for the Mets’ Opening Day matchup with the Nationals in Washington.

Of course, it wasn’t all that long ago that Rodriguez attempted to buy the Mets, as his group was among the final bidders before the team was ultimate sold to Steve Cohen in a deal that was approved by MLB owners on October 30, 2020.

But as Rodriguez begins his four season as part of the Sunday Night Baseball crew, he told reporters via a Zoom call that he doesn’t feel strange about calling the Mets’ Opening Day game.

“It’s not strange at all,” Rodriguez said. “We gave it a great run and the Mets are a fantastic franchise with a great fan base. I think their ownership is going to do a fantastic job."

In fact, he even praised the Mets’ current “competitive advantage” of having an aggressive owner like Cohen.

“I also think the Mets very much have a competitive advantage," Rodriguez explained. "When you have 29 teams that have been bleeding (from a pandemic) and you have one owner that’s coming in hot and ready to win a World Championship, there’s an immense competitive advantage for the Mets.

“I know certainly that’s how we were looking at it coming in with dry powder and being able to make an impact. I think in today’s environment $100 million will play like $200 (million) or $300 (million), so for the first year or two the Mets have an advantage to take some market share of what’s out there.”

Rodriguez was born in Washington Heights and grew up a Mets fan, though he shined on the diamond with the crosstown Yankees, blasting 351 home runs and winning one World Series title over the course of his 12 seasons in pinstripes.

And while the Yankees have seemed on the precipice of capturing their 28th World Series title, they’ve fallen short in the playoffs in each of the past few seasons. Meanwhile, the Mets added star shortstop Francisco Lindor as well as other key pieces like James McCann, Carlos Carrasco, and Trevor May to help bolster a club looking to prove itself as a title contender.

According to Rodriguez, the Mets and Yankees both contending is nothing but great for the game of baseball.

“I think anytime that the New York teams, not just in baseball but in all sports, are doing their thing, it is something that is very good for sports,” Rodriguez said. “New York needs a shot of great news, energy, and I think the Mets and the Yankees will provide that this year in a big way.

“It’s exciting when you have Goliath vs. Goliath, and it seems like that’s the case now and for the future.”