Giannis Antetokounmpo is capping off one hell of a summer.
After bringing Milwaukee its first major sports championship in 50 years and generally becoming the king of the city, he’s adding another line to his resume: part-owner of a Major League Baseball team.
Calling it a “dream come true” for a kid who grew up poor in Athens and came from immigrant parents, Antetokounmpo said he wanted to be sure to invest back into the community that invested so much in him.
“Milwaukee has made me who I am today. Without Milwaukee giving me opportunity, I wouldn’t be who I am today. They made me a better person, a better man,” Antetokounmpo said.
Giannis isn’t the first star to buy a part of an MLB team — Patrick Mahomes, whose father pitched in the Majors, recently bought a portion of the Kansas City Royals — but like Mahomes, having a mega star associate themselves with a small-market team can only help.
Mark Attanasio said Giannis first reached out to him about the possibility a little more than a year ago, when Antetokounmpo and the Bucks were “stuck” in the bubble during the 2020 playoffs. The deal was actually signed and approved by MLB in May, but both sides agreed to keep things under wraps until after the Bucks’ playoff run was over.
It’s safe to say now it makes sense how so many Brewers players were able to get club seats for Game 6 of the NBA Finals.
We’ll see how visible Giannis is with the team going forward — the Royals sell a ton of Mahomes 15 jerseys, so we’ll see if the Brewers try to cash in on a similar merch opportunity — but Attanasio and Antetokounmpo both talked about having discussions about charity work and other ways to benefit the community with the partnership.
Attanasio just made him promise he wouldn’t become one of those “problem investors” that every ownership group apparently has.
“I’m going to text Christian Yelich every day now,” Giannis joked.
Personally, we just want to see him take some BP.