David Einhorn excited to join Mets

NEW YORK -- As he exited Citi Field on Saturday night, David Einhorn, the man who has been selected to join the Mets' ownership group, called the opportunity to purchase a stake in the team "way beyond a dream come true."

Einhorn was engulfed by excited Mets fans outside of Citi Field as he left with his family and a group of about 20 children after the Mets' 5-2 loss to Philadelphia.

"It was a lot of fun," he said of his first Mets game since the team announced his prospective ownership.

The 42-year-old Einhorn got lost leaving what is likely to be his new stadium, and had to be directed by team personnel on the way out.

"It was beautiful -- absolutely fantastic," Einhorn said of Citi Field. "All is good."

Einhorn sat in a luxury box during the game and met with manager Terry Collins in the team's dugout.

"I met him in the dugout. Welcomed him to the organization, hopefully, and asked him what he's seen so far," Collins said. "He just is really excited to be here, so. It was fun. He said, 'Hopefully I'll get a chance to talk to you more later.'"

Einhorn agreed in principle to purchase a minority stake in the Mets earlier this week.

Terms of the deal have not been finalized. The transaction is not expected to be completed until late June, Einhorn said Thursday on a conference call to confirm he was slated to become minority owner. Einhorn is president of private investment firm Greenlight Capital Inc.

Einhorn would not talk specifically about terms. He also did not want to talk about the possibility or re-signing shortstop Jose Reyes, who will be a free agent at the end of the 2011 season.

"I don't think this is the time for that," he said Saturday.

ESPNNewYork.com reported on Friday night that Einhorn will have a path to majority ownership in three years.

Ian Begley is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.