Thursday, November 15, 2018

The Third and final player attending @QBConvention 2019 is a 1969 World Champ

We haven't brought back former guests to the QBC until now. Since 2019 is going to be the celebration of the 1969 Mets Championship team, we have decided to bring back one of our favorite guests from the First ever Queens Baseball Convention. 


Artwork by @dave_majo

Let's celebrate 1969 with someone who has been known as the " Real Mr. Met". I have gotten to be around Ed quite a few times now and it is going to yet another fun time with him. He has some great stories and loves to tell them. I am not going to bore you here with stats. You know who Ed is and what he had done as a NY Mets player.

 Ed will be having a panel and signing autographs at Queens Baseball Convention on January 19 2019 at Katch Astoria. Doors open at 10:30 am.

Tickets go on sale on Black Friday at 10 am on or you can go to the eventbrite page here.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

@the7line has a CY Young deGrom shirt

Buy yours here.

deGrom wins NL CY Young Award

Congrats to Jacob deGrom

@bobo103nyc’s Citi Field groundbreaking helmet.

That’s pretty unique.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Trivia @katchastoria tonight 



FLUSHING, N.Y., November 13, 2018 – The New York Mets announced today the return of their MetsGiving initiative, which encompasses a series of programs in November and December that focuses on helping the community during the holiday season. The events, including food and coat drives, a turkey giveaway, and a kids holiday party will feature Mets players, front-office staff, corporate partners and fans all working together to give back and help those underserved in the community.

Wednesday, November 14 – Mets 13th Annual Coat Drive
Mets Team Store at Citi Field 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
The Mets are teaming up with New York Cares for the 13th Annual Mets "Warm-Up" Holiday Coat Drive presented by UnitedHealthcare. Mets personnel and UnitedHealthcare employee volunteers will collect donations to keep those in need warm during the cold winter months in New York. Fans donating new or gently used coats will receive a voucher redeemable for two tickets to select Mets home games in 2019. Further details can be found at

Friday, November 16 – Fifth Annual Turkey Giveaway
Mets players and employees will distribute more than 800 turkeys to families in need across all five boroughs. The Mets will work with the New York Common Pantry to hand out turkeys in Manhattan, Agape Food Rescue in Brooklyn, Hope Line in the Bronx, Project Hospitality in Staten Island and The River Fund NY in Queens. Each family will also receive ticket vouchers redeemable to select games during the 2019 season.

The Mets will continue the tradition of providing complete Thanksgiving meals to 25 families in those neighborhoods closest to Citi Field including Corona, East Elmhurst and Richmond Hill. Mets players and employees will donate the food and personally deliver the packages to the families’ homes in conjunction with NYPD Community Affairs. Players assisting with the deliveries will be announced at a later date.

Tuesday, December 4 – Kids Holiday Party
Foxwoods Club at Citi Field 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
More than 100 students from local elementary schools will come to Citi Field to play games, enjoy lunch and perform holiday songs at the annual Kids Holiday party. The children will receive a special visit from Santa and his elves who will be delivering gifts. Mets players participating in the event will be announced at a later date.

Tuesday, December 11 – Food Drive presented by Hain Celestial
Mets Team Store at Citi Field 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Fans are encouraged to bring canned and packaged goods (no glass containers) and enjoy a special appearance by Mr. Met. Food collected will benefit the Mary Brennan Inn on Long Island. Fans donating at least 10 non-perishable items will receive a voucher redeemable for two tickets to a select Mets home game in 2019. For more information, visit

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I have never heard or seen this before....It is on eBay....

@QBConvention Third Player Announcement will be

On Thursday... Sorry for the tease folks... Here's a little animated thing a ma bob I put together...

Mets looking to buy out Wright

This makes sense but do the Mets pull the trigger? I guess this is why they keep saying his salary counts for next season?
From NY Post:

With the help of Major League Baseball, the Mets are working with their insurance company to try to come to a settlement on the $27 million they still owe the medically unable-to-play David Wright, an industry source said. It would behoove the Mets greatly, for both baseball reasons and public-relations reasons, to get this done by Nov. 20 at 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, at which point clubs must finalize their rosters in anticipation of the Rule 5 draft on Dec. 13 in Las Vegas.

The only reason to keep Wright on their 40-man roster, thereby blocking a young player from being protected, would be to collect the insurance payments on him. Because Wright played in the Mets’ next-to-last game of the season as a farewell (after a final comeback from his spinal stenosis fell short), the Mets would have to pay him fully for the first 59 games of next season, as per the terms of their policy. Starting in the 60th game, the policy would cover 75 percent of the remainder of Wright’s $15 million salary and then 75 percent of his entire $12 million salary for 2020, which would add up to about $16.2 million of relief.
Read more here.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Mets 2019 promo Schedule announced...

FLUSHING, N.Y., November 12, 2018 – The New York Mets today announced that tickets for all 2019 regular season home games at Citi Field will go on sale Friday, November 16 at 10:00 am at and (718) 507-TIXX. Season tickets and partial plans are on sale now at

Highlights of the 2019 regular season home schedule include:
·         Home Opener at Citi Field vs. the Washington Nationals, April 4
·         Subway Series vs. the New York Yankees, July 2-3
·         1969 World Series 50th Anniversary Celebration Weekend, June 28-30 vs. the Atlanta Braves
·         Interleague Series at Citi Field include:
o   Minnesota Twins, April 9-10
o   Detroit Tigers, May 24-26
o   Cleveland Indians, August 20-22
·         Weekend Series vs. N.L. Champion Los Angeles Dodgers, September 13-15

The 2019 season will feature the return of popular weekend promotions:
·         Free Shirt Fridays - All fans in attendance will receive a free Mets t-shirt, including two replica jersey giveaways, at each Friday game at Citi Field (excluding July 5)
·         Super Saturdays - Fans will enjoy unique giveaways and promotional items, including a Todd Frazier WWE Day Bobblehead on April 6 and a Mr. Met on the Moon Bobblehead presented by Citi on July 27
·         McDonald’s Family Sunday - Every Sunday home game includes pre-game activities on the Mets Plaza, promotional giveaways at the gate, and the opportunity for kids to run the bases postgame in the Mr. Met Dash presented by Northwell Health

For the complete 2019 promotional calendar, visit

Mr Met in the moon bobblehead????  FrazierWWE Bobblehead? Good to see there is a whole weekend for the1969 Mets...

NY METS History: Where did the METS name come from?

Where did the METS name come from?


March 6 - The New York Metropolitan Baseball Club Inc., formally receives a certificate of membership from National League President Warren Giles. The Mets' name was judged by club owner Joan Payson as the one that best met five basic criteria:
It met public and press acceptance;
It was closely related to the team's corporate name (Metropolitan Baseball Club, Inc);
It was descriptive of the metropolitan area;
It had a brevity that delighted copy readers everywhere;
It had historical background referring to the Metropolitans of the 19th century American Association. Other names considered included Rebels, Skyliners, NYBs, Burros (for the five boroughs), Continentals, Avengers... as well as Jets and Islanders, names that would eventually find their way onto the New York sports scene.
May 8, - New York's National League club announces that the team nickname will be "Mets," a natural shortening of the corporate name ("New York Metropolitan Baseball Club, Inc.")
October 10 - In the first expansion draft in National League history, the Mets spend $1.8 million to draft 22 players at the Netherland-Hilton Hotel in Cincinnati.
October 28 - Ground is broken for Flushing Meadows Park.
November 16 - The circular Mets logo, designed by sports cartoonist Ray Gotto, was unveiled. It has gone virtually unchanged throughout the history of the club. The shape of the insignia, with its orange stitching, represents a baseball, and the bridge in the foreground symbolizes that the Mets, in bringing back the National League to New York, represent all five boroughs. It's not just a skyline in the background, but has a special meaning. At the left is a church spire, symbolic of Brooklyn, the borough of churches. The second building from the left is the Williamsburg Savings Bank, the tallest building in Brooklyn. Next is the Woolworth Building. After a general skyline view of midtown comes the Empire State Building. At the far right is the United Nations Building. The Mets' colors are Dodger blue and Giant orange, symbolic of the return of National League baseball to New York after the Dodgers and Giants moved to California. Blue and Orange are also the official colors of New York State.
From the Mets Website 

Mets have aways been the Mets.....

PJ Conlon Jersey with Rusty Patch

Anyone a Conlon fan? Maybe just need a jersey with a Rusty patch for your collection? This might be for you...

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Edgardo Alfonzo Brooklyn Cyclones Saved by the Bell Night Jersey

I was going through some things the other night trying to remember what I had from Alfonzo and found this. And it’s signed!
I am thinking about selling it. $150 and it’s yours. Contact me at

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Delivery

Caught this last night while at work... Guess it is getting closer to Christmas time in the city....

New Mets GM and Former Client

Jacob deGrom just had a killer season in which his agent said either sign him or trade him. That agent is now known as Chief Brodie and is basically deGrom’s boss. So what happens now?
From the N.Y. Post
You hear all of this conflict-of-interest stuff,” deGrom said. “I don’t really know how to feel on that part of it. But I truly do believe he is going to be rooting for every player on our team and try to help them out the best he can.”
Read more here
So does this enhance the relationship with the Mets and deGrom? Does it hurt it? Is Brodie going to trade or sign deGrom now?

Friday, November 9, 2018



FLUSHING, N.Y., November 9, 2018 - The New York Mets announced today that the club and Special Assistant to the General Manager J.P. Ricciardi have mutually agreed to part ways, effective immediately.

“The Mets are grateful for all J.P. has brought to the team over the last eight seasons and we wish him all the best going forward,” Mets Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon said. “He was and will continue to be a friend. J.P. was instrumental in identifying and bringing talent to the Mets that helped develop our growth throughout the entire system and stepped up to play an even larger role when we needed him over the time Sandy had to step away. ”

“I want to express my gratitude to Fred and Jeff for giving me the opportunity to spend the last eight years in New York,” Ricciardi said. “Additionally I want to thank Sandy for originally bringing me to New York and serving as a great mentor and an even better friend. Helping the Wilpon family towards their goal of making the Mets a successful franchise year in and year out was an honor. I’m looking forward to my next chapter and will continue to wish Brodie and the rest of the organization success.”

Ricciardi is free to immediately search for opportunities with other clubs.

Ricciardi, 59, joined the Mets organization on November 2, 2010, when he was named a Special Assistant to then-General Manager Sandy Alderson. Prior to his time in New York, he served as the General Manager for the Toronto Blue Jays from 2001-2009.

MG- Who’s next?

New Mets GM reaching out to his players

I guess this is where the agent part of the new GM works. Brodie Van W. Reached out to Steven Matz already. It seems like this might be a good first interaction with the players.
This is from the N.Y. Post.
“I think it’s an exciting time for the Mets,’’ lefty Steven Matz said Thursday night at his Tru32 charity bowling event at Bowlmor Lanes in Times Square. “Brodie did reach out to me already, which is really cool just to get to know him, and he kind of said, ‘If you need anything just give me a call.’ ’’

Van Wagenen is making the adjustment from big-time agent to big-time GM and understands the value of relationships. One source told The Post Van Wagenen has reached out to all players on the Mets roster as he builds a GM foundation.

“I think it’s a unique situation for sure,’’ Matz said. “I think we are all excited about it. Brodie reached out to me, which is really cool and I’m sure he is doing that to all the other guys as well. I think everybody is excited. It’s a new year, we got Brodie coming in and let’s see what he can do.’’
Read more here.

Cliff Floyd 2005 New York Mets Game Used Signed Home Jersey

2005 Cliff Floyd Pinstriped Mets home jersey worn by Floyd on July 2nd, 2005, against the Florida Marlins. Floyd went hitless in this game, a 7-3 Marlins victory, but reached base twice via walk and hit by pitch. Floyd has signed the back of this jersey in blue marker. This size “56” jersey comes with a MLB Authenticated hologram (MT 00675207) and a COA from Steve Grad of Beckett Authentication

You can buy it here.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

@katchastoria having drag brunch this Sunday 

Happy Birthday Edgardo Alfonzo! @fonzy9

Artwork by @dave_majo
Let’s all wish Edgardo Alfonzo (@fonzy9) a Happy Birthday!
Don’t forget Fonzie will be at the QBC 2019, Tickets will be available on November 23rd at 10 am.

Craig Carton/Ponzi Schemes

Craig Carton. The guy who took a million shots at the Mets/Madoff Ponzi scheme is now found guilty of being a part of a Ponzi scheme. I read somewhere someone said what does it matter that he did this, "It was only a handful of people he hurt." What if you are one of those handful of people? Wouldn’t you want him to serve his time? Wouldn’t you want to try to get your money back? Now it being up to 45 years in prison is a little excessive. Carton definitely needs to go away for a while and hopefully while he’s incarcerated he can get help for his gambling addiction.

They always say don’t throw rocks when you live in a glass house and it looks like some rocks came back at Carton from all the shots he kept taking at the Mets all the way up until the day he get kicked off air.

The people I feel bad for through all this are the Ponzi Scheme victims and also Craig Carton’s wife and kids.They shouldn’t have to deal with the fallout with this. The stuff I’m thinking about is their assets are probably going to be siezed and the bank accounts probably will be, if not already have been frozen. And kids can be cruel in school too. I can already see them getting teased about their dad being a jail bird.

I hope everyone comes out okay from this mess.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Bingo at @katchastoria Tonight 11/7/18

@QBConvention 2018 State of the Mets Panel

The State of the Mets Panel returns to the Queens Baseball Convention on Jan 19th 2019. Hosted by Mark Healey it is the panel that talks about where the Mets have been and where they are going.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

@the7line Pillbox Hat available today


A nod to the old school, with a new school twist! Pillbox caps always had a tendency to fit a little weird, so we fixed that issue. We added a stretch fit backing, a lower profile crown, and opted for softer more breathable fabric.
This NY Mets Pillbox cap features an embroidered front, a stitched (black on black) New Era® flag at wearer's left side, T7L logo on rear, and a stretch back. Interior includes branded taping and a moisture absorbing sweatband. Black under brim. 
MATERIAL: 100% cotton crown - 100% polyester visor
STRETCH FIT: One size fits most

MG- I am way excited about this cap. Love the pillbox look... you guys should grab one before they are gone!!!

Grab it here at

Hosting the Edgardo Alfonzo panel at @QBConvention is.....

Our good buddy Matt Cerrone. 

Matt Cerrone is the creator of and former Executive Editor and Director of Digital Media for SNY. In addition to continuing his work covering the Mets, Cerrone runs which helps start ups and job seekers network and market themselves with same strategies and tactics he's used to successfully grow his own online businesses. 

I know Matt as a very likable guy. He has good one on one interview skills and is one of the best folks that I know who can get good stories out of the interviewees. I can’t wait to hear Fonzie and Matt together.

Make sure you head to Katch on Jan 19, 2019 after you buy your tickets here for the QBC which go up for sale starting on Nov 23rd 2018.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Mets coaches starting to get the ax.

"Six" as Calloway called him last year, didn’t seem to bring the same magic he had under Kevin Long. Looks like the new GM is starting to put his(Jeff’s?) stamp on the team. It sucks that Ricky Bones got reassigned. He wasn’t given a lot to work with
This is from the NY Post

Read more here.


 New York Mets LHP Steven Matz will hold TRU32’s “Strikes with Steven” on Thursday, November 8 at Bowlmor Lanes in Times Square. TRU32 honors first responders – FDNY, NYPD and US Military. A bowling team comprised of FDNY members will compete against a bowling team from the NYPD. Money raised from this event will go to fund scholarships for children of New York City first responders who lost their lives in the line of duty.

   This is taking place on Thursday, November 8th at  Bowlmor Lanes – Times Square 222 West 44th St. New York, NY 10036
 About TRU32

   First responders hold a close place to Steven Matz’s heart. The mission of the program is to say thank you to the NYPD, FDNY and US Military. At select Mets home games, Matz invites 32 (his uniform number) heroes to meet him and enjoy a game with terrific seats. As well as raising awareness for the sacrifices of these brave men and women, TRU32 funds scholarships for children of first responders who lost their lives in the line of duty.
MORE EVENT DETAILS: For more information or to purchase tickets for this event please visit 

@QBConvention 2019 is proud to announce another great guest: Edgardo Alfonzo

Artwork by @dave_majo

Happy Days are here because we can now announce that Fonzie aka Edgardo Alfonzo is coming to the Queens Baseball Convention 2019. He will be there for a Panel with Q and A and he will also be signing. He was one of my favorite players with the Mets in late 1990's/ early 2000s.and a few years ago I got to play in a wiffle ball tourney in Citi Field's parking lot where he coached the opposite team and I had Buddy Harrelson as my coach. We also had Fonzie's kid on our team for the game and that kid was hitting pitched balls he has no right hitting. I got to see how funny Alfonzo was that day I can't wait to have him at the QBC. I personally think everyone is going to have a good time in his panel and getting his autograph.

Also don't forget that we also have Keith Hernandez coming to the QBC 2019 at Katch Astoria also. This is going to be a great event.

Artwork by @dave_majo

Questions about tickets? Hit up here.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

$10,000 dollars for a David Wright figure? Updated

Anyone else think this is the first time this guy is trying to sell anything on eBay?

This other guy on eBay though acts like he has been here before...

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Friday, November 2, 2018

@katchastoria Ladies Night Tonight 11/2/18

Mike Hampton Game Used Mets Jersey

This is on eBay but might leave NYC for better school system.

Local pickup

This Mike Hampton Game Used September 1st, 2000 New York Mets Jersey is 100% Genuine/Authentic.

Mike Hampton only played one season for the New York Mets.

Mike Hampton was named the MVP of the National League Championship Series in the year 2000.

This Jersey looks exactly as it appears in the photos.

I have 100% Positive feedback and sell on eBay regularly. Buy With Confidence!

Mets GM and the questions around what he will do.

I am glad to see that I am not the only one thinking about some of these point. Matter of fact there are some points that I didn’t even consider about the Mets hiring Brodie.
From the NY Post
"Ignorance is bliss but feigning ignorance relies on those stupid enough to believe it. Thus, leave it to the Mets, with MLB’s approval, to have this week enacted the preposterous.

They hired as their general manager Brodie Van Wagenen, 17 years a players’ agent, who now vows to "recuse himself" -- remove himself -- from all dealings concerning recent clients Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom.

In other words the Mets have hired a GM who, when it most counts, vows not to get involved.

Exactly how is that going to work? When, for example, deGrom’s future is discussed and determined, Van Wagenen will leave the room or, to be extra cautious, leave the country? Or will that determination be a quick process completed while the new GM, with no say whatsoever, is out to lunch?"
Read more here.
I really don’t get how the MLB is allowing this. How is Brodie not going to be involved with deGrom or Syndergaard? When it’s time to make a trade of one of his former clients does he step back from that too?

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Norfolk Tides Win Charles K. Murphy Patriot Award

Norfolk Tides Win Charles K. Murphy Patriot Award

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Minor League Baseball announced today that the Norfolk Tides are the recipient of the third annual Charles K. Murphy Patriot Award. The Tides will receive the award at the Baseball Winter Meetings Banquet on Sunday, Dec. 9, at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
The Charles K. Murphy Patriot Award is presented to a team or individual in Minor League Baseball for outstanding support of the United States Armed Forces and veterans, both at the ballpark and in the community. The award was created in 2016 in honor of the longtime Florida State League president and U.S. Army veteran who passed away Feb. 21, 2015, at the age of 83. A retired Lieutenant Colonel after 21 years in the U.S. Army, Murphy broke into professional baseball in 1975 and led the Florida State League from 1990 until his passing. He received the Warren Giles Award for outstanding service as a league president in both 2011 and 1991, and the Friends of Baseball Chapel Award in 1994.
“The Hampton Roads area is the largest military market in the country, so the military has long been an integral part of our community,” said Tides General Manager Joe Gregory. “The Tides always strive to recognize the remarkable accomplishments of our veterans and active duty service members, so to be acknowledged as the recipient of this prestigious award is a truly special moment for our organization and the Hampton Roads area.”
For winning the award, Minor League Baseball Charities will split a $5,000 donation between the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society and the USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia on behalf of the Norfolk Tides organization.
In 2018, the Tides held nights dedicated to honoring each branch of the United States Armed Forces, as well as a season-long Salute to Service, where the team honored a fan-nominated veteran to be recognized and saluted for their service. During every home game, the Tides played Kate Smith’s rendition of God Bless America while fan-submitted photos of active military members and veterans scrolled on the videoboard. As fans watched the videoboard at Harbor Park, they noticed a flag pole that hoisted a POW/MIA flag as well as an Honor and Remember flag, which is the national symbol of gratitude and respect for those who gave their lives in defense of our freedom.
Norfolk mascots Rip Tide and Triton made over 70 appearances at military events in the Hampton Roads area in 2018 and the Tides’ reading program distributed over 1,000 free tickets to military families. The Tides established 13 locations at various military installations where military members could pick up discounted vouchers to attend Tides games. The team also offered Military Mondays throughout the season, where active and retired servicemen and servicewomen received discounts on tickets and merchandise at Harbor Park. In addition, the Tides provided veterans of the military with over 1,000 free tickets through the Tickets to Vets program.
The Tides have also shown their support to the military through annual contributions to the Chief Petty Officer Scholarship Fund and had nine veterans among their gameday staff in 2018. Tides players and coaches also got involved to help the local military community by holding a free baseball clinic on the field at Harbor Park for children living in the Lincoln Military Housing community.
“The Tides have done a tremendous job of supporting and engaging with the various branches of the United States Armed Forces in the Hampton Roads area both at the ballpark and in the community,” said Minor League Baseball President & CEO Pat O’Conner. “Their efforts to recognize and salute active duty and retired military personnel is second to none in professional baseball and would have made Chuck Murphy proud, so it is my pleasure to honor them with the Charles K. Murphy Patriot Award.”
“We have always strived to do as much as possible for the military in our community, and while we do it to honor those men and women for the sacrifices they made for us, it is very nice to be recognized for our efforts,” said Tides owner Ken Young.
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Mets coat drive November 14th.

Click here for more info.

Sports fans just stop this nonsense.

Be a fan of a team. Be loyal. Root your heart out. Enjoy being with the other fans of your team. Just stop doing something stupid like this. This isn’t a gang war. You aren’t Alexandria vs the Saviors. Your team losing is not the end of the world. I hate hate hate hearing stories like this.
From the NY Post

Josh Davis, a 36-year-old man originally from Fall River, Massachusetts, was stabbed five times and had his nose broken during the Sunday night attack in Los Angeles’ Koreatown, where he said he was confronted by two men, one of whom wore a Dodgers jersey and hat and took exception to Davis’ Red Sox gear, NECN reports.

“Get your [expletive] out of here, this is Dodger country right here,” Davis’ attacker allegedly told him.
Read more here
Why? Why is this a necessary thing? This sounds like it could have been a lot worse. Just root for your team and have fun. Let others root for their teams and let them have fun. Rob each other in good nature. Whether a team wins or loses should not be a reason to fight, injure, or kill people. If a sports team is the only meaningful thing in your life, it might be time to reevaluate things.

@the7line’s new pillbox cap

This is cool, even if it is in black.

Available soo. At