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Comedian Bill Maher Becomes Mets Minority Owner, Says He Is "A Truly Silent Partner"

Comedian Bill Maher, who hosts HBO's "Real Time," revealed last night that he is a minority owner of the Mets and said that he "will be a truly silent partner" with the team, according to Anthony Rieber of NEWSDAY. Maher said, "I have enough stress in my real job. I don't need to worry about this." He was a guest of Mets COO Jeff Wilpon at Citi Field "before last night's game against the Cardinals." Maher: "I think it's a great investment. It happened months ago. It's the first time I've been in New York since then." Rieber notes Maher "would not say how much he invested" (NEWSDAY, 6/4). In N.Y., Berman & Sandomir write, "Whatever the size of his investment, he is the most celebrated person ... known to have become a new partner in the team with the Wilpon family," who raised $240M from selling pieces of the team. But Maher is "not quite as renowned as the comedian some people assumed would invest in the Mets: Jerry Seinfeld." Maher jokingly said that "he did not know why Seinfeld did not invest in the club." Maher: "He sure has more money than I do" (N.Y. TIMES, 6/4). Maher said that it was his "first trip to Citi Field and the first time" he met team Owner Fred Wilpon. Maher: "I definitely want to come back for the All-Star game." He added, "I think my role is to bring luck to the team, like I did this weekend. I mean, let's be honest: They did not have a no-hitter for 50 years, I buy in and I come to town and there's a no-hitter. Draw your own conclusions" (AP, 6/3).