No joke: Bill Maher buys minority share of Mets

Does he plan to be a hands-on owner?

“Look, I have enough stress in my real job. I don’t need to worry about that. I’m just a fan,” Maher said with a chuckle. “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.”

Maher said he has early memories of New York being granted a National League expansion franchise, and the team’s first season in 1962. He said he vividly remembers the Miracle Mets championship of 1969, and watching Game 6 of the 1986 World Series at The Improv in Los Angeles with fellow comedian Jerry Seinfeld and others.

Asked if he will try to persuade Seinfeld, a longtime Mets fan, to buy a share as well, Maher said: “Why he didn’t, I have no idea. He’s sure got more money than I do.”

Maher hosts an HBO talk show called “Real Time With Bill Maher.”

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AP Sports Writer Ronald Blum contributed to this report.

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