Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez refuse to give up in their pursuit to buy the Mets.
While billionaire Steve Cohen reportedly finalized his deal to purchase the team from the Wilpons on Wednesday, the former Yankees slugger and his pop star wife were channeling their inner Yogi Berra a day earlier.
“It ain’t over until it is over,” Lopez told Joel Sherman of the New York Post on Tuesday. “We are New Yorkers and we are not going to give up. We feel we have the best bid for the sport, the team and the city.”
While a deal has been signed, it is true that it is not quite over yet.
Cohen still needs to receive approval from MLB owners -- which is no sure thing -- and requires 23 of the 30 votes.
The vote for Cohen would not take place until November as a subcommittee of owners would vet Cohen before the vote.
Rodriguez and Lopez claim their bid was similar or better than the $2.35 billion Cohen offered.
If, somehow, the two were able to get back to the negotiating table, they would switch the control person from Rodriguez to Lopez – which would require MLB ownership to approve her as the new owner rather than the former controversial slugger.
It would also make Lopez the first Latin American woman to hold an ownership position in MLB.
Meanwhile, Rodriguez and Lopez are painting themselves publicly as the better option.
They two also told the Post that they guarantee a World Series win within a decade or donate $100 million to New York charities; intend to raise the payroll to $225 million and “compete for a World Series championship every year,” Rodriguez said.
“That is what New York fans deserve,” he added.