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No New York Met had ever pitched a no-hitter, but that changed on Friday night when Johan Santana broke the spell. Maybe Santana was wearing his lucky socks? Maybe the St. Louis Cardinals batters were distracted by the blue and orange-clad fans in the crowd who had drifted into Shake Shack comas by the fourth inning? Or maybe it was because of Bill Maher?
In a head-scratching turn of events, news broke on Sunday that Maher, the 56-year-old comedian and political commentator, bought a minority ownership stake in the Mets. Maher, who grew up in New Jersey and says he is a lifelong Mets fan, didn't reveal how much he spent in the deal or how big of a share he owns.
So could Maher really be the good luck charm responsible for the Mets' historical win on Friday against the World Champion Cardinals? He clearly seems to think so.
"Let's be honest," Maher said. "There was no no-hitter for 50 years. I buy in and come to town. Draw your own conclusions."
There's just one problem with Maher's self-congratulatory theory: it turns out he actually bought the share months ago; it just wasn't made public until yesterday. Sorry, Bill, but your magic worked a little too late on this one for it to be considered real.