By , Kirsten Fleming
Published April 06, 2019
This Amazins fan is ready to play the field.
New Yorker Matt Russo broke up with his long-term girlfriend Thursday, so he did what any newly single man would do: He went to the Mets home opener and wrote his phone number on a sign.
“I’m [sic] single as of today! Ask me for my #. I dare you,” he wrote above his digits.
“This is a joke between my friends, but it’s blowing up,” Russo told The Post. Russo’s inside joke with pals became a viral hit when he ran into former ESPN sports business guru Darren Rovell, who has more than 2 million Twitter followers.
“Darren Rovell saw my sign, thought it was cool and asked if it was cool to post it. And now we’re talking. My intention was to watch the Mets game but apparently that’s not going to happen today.”
Instead, the bartender and owner of Modern Event Staffing is fielding a flurry of text messages and calls from as far away as California, Arizona and Tennessee.
“Within the first 20 minutes, I got about 70 texts. I am getting calls from guys giving me support, saying to do me and have fun. I got a couple of calls from people trashing my ex, and said, ‘I would rather you not do that.’ I still respect her. And we have respect for each other. I still appreciate her as a person.”
Russo said he and his ex, whom he declines to name, dated for five years. But they simply grew into different people and decided to split.
He has received some attractive offers from women and wouldn’t mind if tonight ended in a first date.
“I’m looking for a good girl. My ex was a very good girl. And of course I like a sense of humor,” said Russo, who ironically isn’t on any social media platforms.
But Russo might simply be using the girls to get to the real object of his affection: Mets ace Jacob deGrom.
“Jacob deGrom is my favorite Met. Between him and David Wright, if I could receive a phone call or a text from either of them, that would be awesome.”