It was a most unlikely weekend for Mets lefties.
On Friday, Johan Santana pitched the first no-hitter in the 51 years of the franchise. Then Sunday liberal talk-show host Bill Maher turned up at Citi Field and confirmed he recently acquired a minority interest in the team.
Maher, known for his his left-leaning political satire, would not say if he bought one of the 12 limited partnerships in the Mets for $20 million apiece to infuse much-needed cash in the team in the wake of the Madoff scandal.
The host of HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher” did take the opportunity to toss out a few jokes and claimed to already being a positive influence on the team, telling reporters: “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.”
Perhaps the biggest surprise of the weekend at Citi Field was not open to debate and was no joke: When play ended Sunday the Mets were in a virtual tie for first place in the National League East with the Nationals and Marlins.
And who in their right mind would have imagined that when the season began?
Photos: Johan Santana made history, Bill Maher made jokes at Citi Field. (Ray Stubblebine/Reuters (Santana), Getty Images file (Maher)