This story began with a simple question: If you could own one piece of memorabilia from Mets history, what would it be?
New York Mets owner Steven A. Cohen (@StevenACohen2) — the gift that keeps on giving, Clark — looked wide-eyed into the camera and, without hesitation, presented the “Buckner Ball” from the 1986 World Series.
— SNY (@SNYtv) November 26, 2020
Either the joke is on every Mets fan or the man has an innate ability to delight the fan base beyond their wildest imagination.
On Thanksgiving eve, Cohen appeared on SNY-TV for a one-on-one interview to discuss his fandom and generally energize Mets fans with hope.
As if the presentation of the “Buckner Ball” wasn’t enough, Mets fans began adding new layers to the story in real-time on social media.
Former ESPN staple, and renowned baseball fan, @KeithOlbermann offered to pair his Bill Buckner glove with the ball for the Mets museum and Hall of Fame.
Hey, you know what, @StevenACohen2, if you want a loan of Billy Buck’s glove for the display, I’m all in…
It’d be nice if the glove and the ball touched for the first time 😉
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) November 26, 2020
Soon after, sports memorabilia collector @GaryTaffet offered to loan Buckner’s game worn cleats to Cohen and the Mets as an optional pairing for the display.
@StevenACohen2 Great interview. You have the Buckner ball. I have Mookie’s cleats he wore when he hit that famous grounder. Would love to loan this to Mets Museum this year. Pair it with the ball. Interested? LGM! @Mets pic.twitter.com/SOPpvUWFND
— Gary Taffet (@GaryTaffet) November 26, 2020
Why do I feel like this story has another chapter, or two?
SOCIAL MEDIA RESPONDS TO COHEN
THE OWNER OF THE @Mets OWNS THE BUCKNER BALL!!!!!
I AM DEAD. pic.twitter.com/1LW7U92Pkw
— Shannon (@Miss_Met) November 26, 2020
— MetsFansUnited (@MetsFansUnited1) November 26, 2020
Love this story!! I know I’m speaking for ALL #Mets Fans around the globe……WE LOVE YOU UNCLE @StevenACohen2!! Thank You for Your Energy & Your Passion for All Things #Mets!! You’ve given us Fans lots to be Thankful for. Blessed Thanksgiving!! 🧡💙
— Mona J. Eskridge 💜🙏🗽 (@MonaGirlNYC) November 26, 2020