Monday, November 11, 2019

METS ANNOUNCE 2019 METSGIVING INITIATIVES

  METS ANNOUNCE 2019 METSGIVING INITIATIVES

FLUSHING, N.Y., November 11, 2019 – 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 holiday party for kids 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 13 – Mets Food Drive
Mets Team Store at Citi Field 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

The Mets and Hain Celestial are partnering to host a Food Drive to benefit The Mary Brennan INN, a hunger-relief organization based on Long Island. Fans are encouraged to bring canned and packaged goods (no glass containers) and enjoy a special appearance by Mr. Met. Fans donating at least 10 non-perishable items will receive a voucher redeemable for two tickets to a select Mets home game in 2020. For more information, visit mets.com/fooddrive.
Thursday, November 21 – Sixth Annual Turkey Giveaway
Mets players and employees will distribute more than 2,000 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, and The Child Center of NY in Queens.
The Mets will continue the tradition of providing complete Thanksgiving meals to 25 families in those neighborhoods closest to Citi Field including Corona and East Elmhurst. Mets players and employees will donate the food and personally deliver the packages to the families’ homes in conjunction with NYPD Community Affairs. Each family will also receive ticket vouchers redeemable to select games during the 2020 season. Players assisting with the deliveries will be announced at a later date.

Wednesday, 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.

Wednesday, December 11 – 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 14th Annual Mets "Warm-Up" Holiday Coat Drive. Mets personnel and New York Cares 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 2020. Further details can be found at mets.com/coatdrive.

THE 7 LINE ARMY'S 2020 SCHEDULE


As you folks are fully aware, I am a part of the T7LA and Darren is one of my good friends. I love going to the games with the T7LA, especially the road games. It is a blast hitting other cities meeting Mets fans form other states and cheering with them. If you haven't been yet you need to go. This is also what is keeping me having a "plan" at Citi Field. You guys all know I dropped my 1/2 season package with the Mets because I feel that they don't care about the plan holders. 
Come sit with us sometime...

THE 7 LINE ARMY'S 2020 SCHEDULE


by The 7 Line November 10, 2019 0 Comments
We have another stacked season on deck, and we hope you'll start making plans to join the fun. We're hitting 10 home, 5 road, and 3 minor league games in 2020!
There's a lot of info here, so take a few minutes to dive in and digest it all.
The 7 Line Army started cheering together on 9/27/12 and has since hit a total of 108 (60-48) Major League games together. Besides our outings at Citi Field, the goal has been to cross off new ballparks each season, as long as the series lands on a weekend. This summer we'll finally cross LA off the list, officially closing out the NL. 

2020 HOME GAMES:  
- OPENING DAY: MARCH 26th vs the Nationals
- Saturday APRIL 18th vs the Brewers
- Saturday MAY 16th vs the Pirates
- Tuesday MAY 19th vs the Diamondbacks 
- Saturday JUNE 13th vs the Nationals
- Saturday JUNE 20th vs the Phillies
- Wednesday JULY 29th vs the Yankees
- Saturday AUGUST 15th vs the Phillies
- Tuesday SEPTEMBER 1st vs the Rockies 
- FINAL REGULAR SEASON HOME GAME: Sunday SEPTEMBER 20th vs the Rangers 
In years past we sold our season ticket members jersey separately as a replica. This will not be an option in 2020. Instead, the fans that purchase tickets to Citi Field with us on a game-by-game basis will get a shirsey version of the members authentic. 
Our members voted on a few jersey options, and the above one, designed by T7LA member Dru Jimenez won by a landslide for 2020. As usual, our home package members will have the option to customize theirs with a name/number. The game-by-game home ticket purchasers will get a shirsey version with no name, and with the number 20 to represent the year. 

Last year we designed an exclusive limited edition Mr. Met bobblehead to coincide with our 100th outing, and in 2020, his wife will take the honors. 
The game date is TBD, but we re-designed the vintage Lady Met bobble from 1967 to give her a 2020 twist. Fans that hit the game with us that day will get the bobblehead along with their ticket and shirsey, T7LA home members will automatically get it as part of their package.

Another promotional item for 2020 is a wearable flag. This game date is also TBD. We're seeing about adding grommets so you can also fly the flag if you don't intend to wear it. Like the bobble, fans that hit the game with us that day will get the wearable flag along with their ticket and shirsey, T7LA home members will automatically get this as part of their package.

2020 MINOR LEAGUE GAMES:
Each minor league game ticket comes with a special shirsey and cap along with food/drinks. These outings are a ton of fun, and you should absolutely try to join us this summer. Join our mailing list for details as they're set in stone.
June 5th: SYRACUSE METS 
June 6th: BINGHAMTON RUMBLE PONIES
July 11th: BROOKLYN CYCLONES

2020 AWAY GAMES:
Each away game ticket comes with a special event t-shirt and a game patch. Fans are responsible for their own travel and hotel arrangements. For DC and Philly, we'll have an optional bus trip planned if you'd like to hop in. Before each road game we plan a meet up at a local bar or put together a tailgate party if the home team allows. 
We'll be heading back to DC for our annual trip on Saturday April 4th vs the Nationals. Like in 2019, we'll be seated down the LF line on the field level in a solid block of a couple sections. This was a massive upgrade over years past. Ticket quantity TBD, but we're shooting for 1,000. 
In the summer we're heading back to Philly on Saturday the 25th of July. This is a repeat ballpark for us (2014), and the Phillies put together a great package for us. We'll be taking over pretty much the entire Scoreboard Porch with the exception of some Phillies season ticket holders. We know this will be a pretty sought after ticket, but we'll have just 814 total. 
Two weeks later we'll finally bring T7LA to Chavez Ravine. Dodger Stadium is the last on our list to close out the National League, and Saturday August 8th should be a huge celebration in LA. We don't have pricing or seating location set yet on this, but we'll get as many tickets as possible for this one. This should all be hammered down soon. Check back and we'll update this post. 
Two weeks after that we'll be shooting back across the country again to hit Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on Saturday August 22nd. Since our goal is to hit every ballpark at least once, and this series lands on weekend, we just have to go. It's going to be tough for a lot of our usual members to do the trip to Cali twice in the same month, but there is a monster contingent of Met fans on the West Coast. We expect this one to be well attended either way, and have 1,000 tickets reserved on the field level down the RF line. 
Lastly on the road for 2020 is Pittsburgh. This is another repeat for us (2015), but PNC is gorgeous and a must visit for any baseball fan. That, and it's close proximity to NY, and the series landing on a weekend was a no brainer. We have 1,500 tickets reserved in the LF bleachers for Saturday September 12th

HOW TO BECOME A 2020 SEASON PACKAGE MEMBER:
We currently have 632 home ticket package members in the Big Apple Reserve for our games at Citi Field. This leaves 242 tickets open for the game-by-game sales in our section.
Our members will soon have the option to renew their seats. Once the renewal process is over, current members will have the option to nominate family or friends to fill seats that open up. 
After that, any leftover seats of the 632 would go up as a public sale.

2020 home package members will get:
- The same seat for every home game on our 2020 schedule
- An authentic customized jersey 
- A black card from Mikkeller NYC good for 20% off any beers/food/merch at their Citi Field brewery
- The Mrs. Met bobblehead and wearable flag 
- Pre-sale access for road game tickets 
- The option to purchase a full playoff strip if/when the Mets make it
ON SALE DATES AND PRICING STILL BEING WORKED ON. JOIN OUR MAILING LIST TO BE KEPT IN THE LOOP!  

The location of @QBConvention 2020 is......




The location of QBC 2020 being held on January 18th, 2020 is going to be...


3232 Railroad Ave, Wantagh, NY 11793

Want more info about Mulcahy's? Click here.


I first want to thank Mulcahy's for being our location this year. Knowing that they are Mets fans helps make the move from Astoria way easier.

Let me see if I can answer some questions ahead of time.

Why the move?

Even though Katch was great last year, the QBC has grown way too big for the event to be held there. We had 500 folks plus vendors, panelists, guests, and staff all jammed in there. We needed a bigger space and we searched for months and months. Mulcahy's came through for us. We can have a 1000 plus folks there and we are making sure there is more than enough room for to be comfortable. We have a stage, sight lines are great from everywhere in the place for the panels. So all in all Mulcahy's is a great upgrade.

But how can it be the Queens Baseball Convention if it isn't in Queens?

Come on guys, we know that the con is about our fav team in Queens and not about the location of the con. 

Is there parking? 

 is a ton of free parking around Mulcahy's. LIRR parking lots are in abundance and there is also street parking..

What about public transportation?

Mulcahy's is right across from the LIRR station. I am not killing it legit is right across the street.

Who are the guests going to be?

We will tell you soon.

So we will see you guys on January 18th, 2020 at Mulcahy's(3232 Railroad Ave, Wantagh, NY 11793) at 11 am.


Okay, I have to go start building the ticketing site now...

Sunday, November 10, 2019

ICYMI- The @QBConvention/Yahoo Saga from this past year.



From Feb 20th 2019 themediagoon.com

It’s funny that Yahoo and the Mets think that folks are going to pay money for Mets news. I had the  Athletic and it covered more sports then just the Mets and I hated it. Queens Baseball Club eh? With all the other different things the Mets and Yahoo could have to call this new thing they are putting together, they have to call it the Queens Baseball Club or QBC? Sounds familiar. Oh wait, I’m one of the guys who runs the Queens Baseball Convention or QBC. Come on Mets. We know you know about us. You’ve been sending your executives to the QBC for years.
You guys want to sponsor the Queens  Baseball Convention 2020?

It’s another shake my head moment at the Mets.
Here’s is the yahoo/Mets story.

From the NY Post

The burgeoning business will begin in Flushing with the Mets. The name of the product will be the Queens Baseball Club.
It will include three writers covering the team, while planning to give members a behind-the-scenes experience, such as access to batting practices, press conferences and front-office Q&As.
The team and Yahoo have a three-year agreement, according to sources. Yahoo declined to say how much it will pay the Mets. The Mets declined comment entirely.
Read the rest here.
From May 15th themediagoon.com
This is a very interesting story.

Since Yahoo Sports announced their plan to launch their new service as the Queens Baseball Club, Dan and I have received dozens of emails, texts, messages, asking how this new QBC was affiliated with our QBC. Now that Yahoo has announced their name change we have been approached asking if we were involved. Rather than have someone else tell our story we wanted to let you all know directly. Below are the articles that talk about the name change. 

From the NY Post.
The Mets’ season might be over before Yahoo gets its new paid site started. As one of the Mets’ former managers supposedly once said, “It gets late early here.”
While it was originally announced as the Queens Baseball Club, it is now called The Flushing Meadows Baseball Club. No official reason was given for the name change.
Yahoo will still try to entice people with some insider benefits to go along with its Mets coverage.
“We are working to perfect the product, Flushing Meadows Baseball Club, while it is in closed Beta,” a Yahoo spokesperson said. “We will be launching for all Mets fans very soon.”
The Yahoo Mets site was supposed to be up and ready for business on Opening Day. It was first delayed as it and the Mets waited for MLB’s approval. Now it is just trying to get everything right.
You can read more here.

From Barret Sports Media
Before the 2019 MLB season began, the New York Mets and Yahoo announced that they would partner on a pay site that would cover the team and provide exclusive videos, podcasts and stories. More than a month into the season, the site is still yet to see the light of day.
The site was originally set to be called Queens Baseball Club. According to the New York Post’s Andrew Marchand, one of the results of the delay is a name change. The site will now be called Flushing Meadows Baseball Club. As for when it debuts, that is still yet to be determined.
The initial delay was for the Mets and Yahoo to receive the blessing of Major League Baseball. Now that it has been secured though, there is still no sign of Flushing Meadows Baseball Club on the internet.

Read more here.

In complete transparency on this subject.

 We have both word marks trademarked. We brought this up to Yahoo when we found out about their Queens Baseball Club and about how similar it was to our trademarks and our brand. We have worked hard at elevating our brand of QBC/Queens Baseball Convention over the last six years and were at first bewildered at the announcement. Yahoo, my partner Dan and myself had numerous phone calls to try to work something out. Yahoo decided that they didn't want to confuse our brands and decided to change their name. Yahoo could see what the QBC means to us and our fellow Mets fans and didn't want to come in and not do the right thing. It is refreshing to see a big corporation come in and try to work with the "little guy".Dan and myself appreciate that they took their time to find a different name that makes their new endeavor stand out and we wish them all the best and look forward to subscribing to their Flushing Meadows Baseball Club when it is launched.

Once again thank you to all our fellow fans who support our QBC/Queens Baseball Convention.

www.QueensBaseballConvention.com
From the July 3 2019 themediagoon.com

Beat Reporters blocking fans views and not caring at Mets game.


From July 23rd 2019

Yahoo's Flushing Meadows Baseball Club is dead.




From the NY POST
The Post has learned that the Yahoo platform has gone the way of the Mets’ season — down the drain.
“We’ve realized that there are opportunities which have the ability to scale faster and give fans what they want quicker,” a Yahoo spokeswoman said in a statement to The Post. “We’ve learned a ton during this exploration and intend to use these insights to inform the future of the fan experience through Yahoo Sports.”
The Mets declined comment.
For the time being, Yahoo is not doing any deals with other clubs, which was the original plan when the Mets site was announced. Yahoo had plans to be involved in a number of sports.
Yahoo was set to pay the Mets $1 million, but sources said that since there was never a launch, no payments were exchanged. From the beginning, there was criticism that Yahoo was paying for coverage.
The deal’s structure was less about access for its reporters and more about creating events for subscribers with insider access to people like GM Brodie Van Wagenen.
It wanted to start the site during spring training or early in the season, but the finalization of the agreement, which included MLB, took longer than anticipated and the site never went live. Yahoo originally targeted Opening Day to launch.
Yahoo had announced the site as the Queens Baseball Club, but had to change to the Flushing Meadows Baseball Club because it could not get the rights to the original moniker.
Read more here.

From some guy named Media Goon who co-owns the Queens Baseball Convention aka QBC

We have both word marks trademarked. We brought this up to Yahoo when we found out about their Queens Baseball Club and about how similar it was to our trademarks and our brand. We have worked hard at elevating our brand of QBC/Queens Baseball Convention over the last six years and were at first bewildered at the announcement. Yahoo, my partner Dan and myself had numerous phone calls to try to work something out. Yahoo decided that they didn’t want to confuse our brands and decided to change their name.

Read more about The Queens Baseball Convention and Yahoo here.

Now Opened: The QBC Merch Stand



Hey everybody!!! I know I have been asking about which design you liked better for a QBC T-Shirt. Well I decided why not make both designs? I found a way to make/sell/ship them pretty cheaply. We at the QBC try to keep everything towards our  motto of "For the Fans by the Fans". We want to do the best by you guys, especially after all the support over the years. I also wanted to make it easier  for you fine folks to beak to order these so they get shipped right to your homes so you could wear them the day of qBC 2020 if you wish. We are trying to keep the prices reasonable, especially with the quality of shirts that we chose. I am a bit of a tee shirt expert and I LOVE,LOVE, LOVE soft quality tees. Allow me to introduce to you the new official store of the QBC- QBCMerchStand.com.



These are the first four items up for sale. All four shirt styles come in True Royal and True Royal Heather. The shirts also have a vintage "distressed" look to them, which I think is awesome. Both designs come in Unisex and Womens cuts. I hope you guys like these shirts. We will have hoodies coming soon also. I want to get the samples first so I can make sure they look and feel good.

So go check out the QBCMerchStand and maybe buy a shirt, or two, or three?