Friday, May 31, 2019

Mets Game Notes 5/31/19


These might be cool to get signed on June 15th.

These might be cool to get signed by Keith Hernandez on June 15th during the QBC's Lunch with Keith Hernandez




Go too www.queensbaseballconvention.com for tickets and info about the Lunch with Keith Hernandez.

MLB has a problem, an attendance problem.



Baseball has a problem. My cousin over at Metspolice has mentioned over and over that the MLB is losing its younger fans. And it is. There are only so many bobbleheads you can make and giveaway to draw a crowd in.


From the NY Post
Major League Baseball’s overall average of 26,854 through Wednesday is 1.4 percent below the 27,242 through the similar point last season, which wound up below 30,000 for the first time since 2003.Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred attributes this year’s drop to fewer season tickets but emphasizes day-of-game sales are up 6 percent.

“Given the explosion of entertainment alternatives and the growth of the secondary market, it is not surprising that season ticket sales can be challenging,” he said. “The clubs are responding to this challenge with creative and effective approaches. For example, sales of subscription tickets are double what they were a year ago. And the Twins recently had a $5 flash sale that produced crowds of over 30,000 in three of four games, and the largest single-game attendance since 2016.”Nineteen of the 30 teams have seen their average fall from a similar point last year, with the largest drops in Toronto (6,963), San Francisco (6,463), Baltimore (3,839) and Detroit (3,686).
Large rises have taken place for Philadelphia (10,383), Oakland (4,027), San Diego (3,465) and the Chicago White Sox (2,311). The Phillies signed Bryce Harper and the Padres added Manny Machado.“A lot of it comes down to competition. Fans want to know their teams are doing everything they can to compete for a championship every year,” union head Tony Clark said. “I see every empty seat as a missed opportunity. Experiencing a game and seeing players perform in person creates a bond with baseball; our industry needs to find ways to convert those empty seats into lifelong fans.”
Read more here.

Why is it happening? I don't think you can just blame the other entertainment options out there. maybe it is time to stop looking outward for the answer and start looking inward. How do yo not market your stars better? How do you not make your players better accessible to fans?  Maybe the product is over priced? How are you guys going to fix all this?

@QBConvention's Lunch with Keith Hernandez: Meet the Hosts.


As a lot of you know, on Saturday June 15th, The QBC presents Lunch with Keith Hernandez. I'll run down the details at towards the end of this post. I just wanted to do an intro to the talent that we will have on the mics for the event.

Let me start with my go to guy. The Master of Disaster  Ceremonies.The Host with the Most. He's Hip to be Square. The Man(Not Becky Lynch) with a plan. He hads his own podcast. Dennis "DHAPSHOW" Holden.



Dennis Holden is a podcaster, interviewer, host, and comedian born in Yonkers, New York. He continues to live in Westchester County while working all across New York City. Dennis has also taken philanthropic efforts supporting the Huntington’s Disease Society of America and the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, in memory of his father and uncles. Dennis is a lifelong fan of the New York Mets, Jets, Knicks and Rangers, the musical stylings of Billy Joel, John Mayer, Ben Folds and Elvis Costello, and the accomplished and multi-talented careers of Tony Danza and Chris Jericho.
Dennis has hosted the Queens Baseball Convention since 2015 (most recently January 2019) interviewing Mets legends Edgardo Alfonzo and Ed Kranepool, and current player Chris Flexen, appeared on SNY’s Oh Yeah, ABC’s Primetime: What Would You Do? and failed miserably on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.

Dennis's Co-host of the Lunch with Keith Hernandez is also another buddy of mine and he is also the guy I keep threatening replacing DHAP as host of the QBC, John Saponaro.



John is the host of the Monster Jam Triple Threat series, as seen on Fox Sports 1. He travels to major arenas all over the country emceeing the event and providing play-by-play, commentary, live interviews and crowd engagement. 

In 2017, John served as the host and master of ceremonies for the 4th annual New York New Works Theatre Festival at the Duke on 42nd Street and Halloween Harvest at Coney Island's Luna Park.

​ John has also hosted charity events, film screenings, company outings, trivia contests and roasts. A Brooklyn native, John brings a uniquely New York perspective with him every time he takes the stage. That, coupled with his odd observations and sarcastic wit, make John a favorite in comedy clubs in New York City and all around the country. His conversational delivery and "tell it like it is" demeanor has lead to peers and industry members alike to compare him to a young Bill Hicks and George Carlin... He could only be so lucky!

We are very lucky to have these two fine gentleman helping entertain you guys before and after the Keith signing.



Next we come to the host of the Keith Hernandez panel. The one. The only, Pete McCarthy. Pete is a Host/Anchor at WFAN, WINS, SNY, , also the co-host of The Metrospective . And Play-by-play for the . You might remember how much you loved him on the former WOR Sports Zone. Oh yeah, we have had Pete do some great panels at the last two QBCs.

Man we are lucky to have these three solid talents entertaining us on Saturday June 15th at Mikkeller Brewery at Citi Field.

Here are the details for the event.

June 15th, 2019. The panel and signing is from 11:30 to 2:30 pm. Doors will open at 11. Dennis Holden and John Saponaro are going to MC the event. The awesome Pete McCarthy is hosting the panel itself. Limited to 150 tickets.
This is what you get when you buy a ticket.
-You get admission into the event,
-A limited edition Dave Majo print for you to have signed by Keith
You can bring in an item to get a second auto from Keith
-A Keith Hernandez Topps Card,
-A photo with your camera with Keith at the signing table
-Oh and here's the best part, the lunch is included in the ticket. Mikkeller has some pretty awesome food and they offered us a killer menu. Mikkeller is setting up a buffet where food and soft drinks are included. The menu is....
BBQ Pulled Pork
Honey BBQ Chicken Wings
Mac and Cheese
Coleslaw
Martin's Potato Bun Sliders
Soft Drinks- Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Ginger Beer, Hot Coffee

That's a pretty solid menu there.

You guys have really packed the hell out of this event. This has got to cost close to $500 per ticket. Well if you did get all these things separately, yeah you are looking at something like that. There is a famous memorabilia company that charges $120 for you to just send in for Keith's autograph alone. You are getting two autos ($240) The Panel itself($65), Majo Print ($100), Photo ($25),Topps Card(varies), and lunch ($30). It's a $460 dollar value. We are doing this all for $145 (plus tax and fees) a ticket. We tried to get the price down as low as possible while giving the most bang for the buck. The other thing we are doing is that you don't have to get up and wait on line to get your print and item signed. We will be calling you guys up table by table so you can continue eating and relaxing.
We are offering an online inscription ticket for Lunch with Keith Hernandez on June 15th. $7.20 plus tax/fees($10 total after tax/fees) online.Please only three per customer. Extremely limited. You need to have an admission ticket to event to use this autograph ticket. 
We are offering an online exclusive extra autograph ticket for Lunch with Keith Hernandez on June 15th. $33.74 plus tax/fees($40 total after tax/fees) online. Please only one to a customer. Extremely limited. You need to have an admission ticket to event to use this autograph ticket. 
Dan and I want to do cool events like this for fans like us. We hope you guys will show up so we can do these once in a while plus the mothership QBC event in January.


Wow Mikkeller....Is there parking? 
Yes in Lot G.It is free just say that you are there for Mikkeller and the event. After the event you might have to move to a different lot though.

For tickets and info, click here.



Thursday, May 30, 2019

Mets Game Notes 5/30/19


Business of Baseball: Mayor of the Citi (Field)


Business of Baseball: Mayor of the City 


As the Chief Revenue Officer and unofficial “mayor” of Citi Field, Mets EVP Lou DePaoli oversees a complex operation requiring hundreds of decisions every day.
This is an interesting video. I have met a lot of the Mets VPs over the years but I still haven't met Executive VP Lou DePaoli yet. Hey Lou, you have an invite to the QBC next year. I think you would be great on the Meet the Mets Execs panel.

Why Mets, why?



Syndergaard struggling and throwing over a 100 pitches in six innings? The Mets think it is mental? Maybe it is time to just start concentrating on baseball and not the Kevin Can Wait, Vikings, or Game of Thrones. Maybe it is time to watch some game tape of the next team you are facing. Maybe it is time to be a pitcher and not a hurler. Maybe it is time for the Manager of the team who was a pitching guru to try to help Thor figure out if he is worthy or not. Maybe it is time for David Wright to come back and throw out his lunch again.

Besides Syndergaard yesterday, WTF is up with the pitchers imploding? Why is the Mets supposed strength its weakness? Does Alonso have to pitch also? Can he pitch? I listened to that whole game at work last night and because of the ninth inning, I want to know if I can get a refund of  my time.

Todd Frazier checking his wrist.



From the NY Post.
LOS ANGELES — Todd Frazier was incredulous it took until his latest blast, earlier this week, for somebody to ask about his tradition of pretending to check his watch during his home run trot.“I check my watch and let [the pitcher] know it wasn’t the right time basically to throw that pitch,” Frazier said.
The Mets third baseman hasn’t enjoyed as many opportunities to check his watch as he would have liked, especially this season, but after a stretch in which his job appeared in jeopardy, Frazier lately is among the team’s hottest hitters.He took a .985 OPS that included a 15-for-42 (.357) batting average over his past 12 games into Wednesday night’s 9-8 loss to the Dodgers before going 2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored. Suddenly, team brass’ faith in playing the 33-year-old former All-Star has been rewarded.
“I am swinging at good pitches,” Frazier said. “I have got my walks up a little bit and I’m still not where I want to be, but I’m on the right track. I am squaring up balls more and finding more holes and that’s baseball. I know what I’m capable of doing and I have just to keep on doing it.”
Read more here.

I think he is actually looking at his watch to see if Metspolice is tweeting about him from a burner account.

@QBConvention's Lunch with Keith down to less than 60 tickets(extra autograph and inscription tickets added)



Less than 60 tickets are left for this great event that would also make a great Father's Day gift.

That's right folks!!! We have brought our talents to Mikkeller Brewery NYC!
We always have the QBC in January to hold of the doldrums of winter without baseball. Folks are always asking us if we are going to do any other events during the year. We thought about it and boy do we have a doozy for you guys. How does a luncheon sound with one of the most beloved players/broadcasters from Flushing. Can you guys guess who it is? That's right. Keith Hernandez. That's right. Keith promised to come out to see the fans since he got side lined in January with a really bad back and had to have surgery. He really wanted to come that day so he asked us to do a special June event with us.
This is going to be a smaller more intimate event then our premiere QBC in the winter. We only have 150 seats available.


Here are the details for the event.

June 15th, 2019. The panel and signing is from 11:30 to 2:30 pm. Doors will open at 11. Dennis Holden and John Saponaro are going to MC the event. The awesome Pete McCarthy is hosting the panel itself. Limited to 150 tickets.
This is what you get when you buy a ticket.
-You get admission into the event,
-A limited edition Dave Majo print for you to have signed by Keith
You can bring in an item to get a second auto from Keith
-A Keith Hernandez Topps Card,
-A photo with your camera with Keith at the signing table
-Oh and here's the best part, the lunch is included in the ticket. Mikkeller has some pretty awesome food and they offered us a killer menu. Mikkeller is setting up a buffet where food and soft drinks are included. The menu is....
BBQ Pulled Pork
Honey BBQ Chicken Wings
Mac and Cheese
Coleslaw
Martin's Potato Bun Sliders
Soft Drinks- Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Ginger Beer, Hot Coffee

That's a pretty solid menu there.

You guys have really packed the hell out of this event. This has got to cost close to $500 per ticket. Well if you did get all these things separately, yeah you are looking at something like that. There is a famous memorabilia company that charges $120 for you to just send in for Keith's autograph alone. You are getting two autos ($240) The Panel itself($65), Majo Print ($100), Photo ($25),Topps Card(varies), and lunch ($30). It's a $460 dollar value. We are doing this all for $145 (plus tax and fees) a ticket. We tried to get the price down as low as possible while giving the most bang for the buck. The other thing we are doing is that you don't have to get up and wait on line to get your print and item signed. We will be calling you guys up table by table so you can continue eating and relaxing.
When I was at the Mets game on Saturday a few folks asked if they could buy extra autograph and inscription tickets. Dan and I kicked it around and we were able to work it out. We are making additional(limited amount) autograph and inscription tickets available online. We ask that you that if you are going to buy an additional autograph tickets that you limit it to one per admission ticket.  For inscriptions you can buy up to three tickets. One for print, one for additional item you are allowed to bring and one if you get an additional autograph ticket. Here are the breakdowns in pricing. 

We are offering an online  inscription ticket for Lunch with Keith Hernandez on June 15th. $7.20 plus tax/fees($10 total after tax/fees) online.Please only three per customer. Extremely limited. You need to have an admission ticket to event to use this inscription ticket. 

We are offering an online exclusive extra autograph ticket for Lunch with Keith Hernandez on June 15th. $33.74 plus tax/fees($40 total after tax/fees) online. Please only one to a customer. Extremely limited. You need to have an admission ticket to event to use this autograph ticket. 

The tickets are on sale now and we wanted to make sure that everyone who has already bought a ticket knows about the addition autos/inscriptions. Thatnk you guys for supporting us and we can't wait until June 15th to hang out with you guys and Keith. Keith Hernandez that is, not Keith being me. But you guys can hang with me too....


Dan and I want to do cool events like this for fans like us. We hope you guys will show up so we can do these once in a while plus the mothership QBC event in January.


Wow Mikkeller....Is there parking? 
Yes in Lot G.It is free just say that you are there for Mikkeller and the event. After the event you might have to move to a different lot though.

You can check out www.QueensBaseballConvention.com for info and tix or you can just go right here to buy tickets.


Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Mets Game Notes 5/29/19


@QBConvention: Additional Autograph and Inscription Tickets have been released


With less than 60 tickets left and 17 days before the Keith Lunch....


When I was at the Mets game on Saturday a few folks asked if they could buy extra autograph and inscription tickets. Dan and I kicked it around and we were able to work it out. We are making additional(limited amount) autograph and inscription tickets available online. We ask that you that if you are going to buy an additional autograph tickets that you limit it to one per admission ticket.  For inscriptions you can buy up to three tickets. One for print, one for additional item you are allowed to bring and one if you get an additional autograph ticket. Here are the breakdowns in pricing. 

We are offering an online  inscription ticket for Lunch with Keith Hernandez on June 15th. $7.20 plus tax/fees($10 total after tax/fees) online.Please only three per customer. Extremely limited. You need to have an admission ticket to event to use this inscription ticket. 

We are offering an online exclusive extra autograph ticket for Lunch with Keith Hernandez on June 15th. $33.74 plus tax/fees($40 total after tax/fees) online. Please only one to a customer. Extremely limited. You need to have an admission ticket to event to use this autograph ticket. 

The tickets are on sale now and we wanted to make sure that everyone who has already bought a ticket knows about the addition autos/inscriptions. Thatnk you guys for supporting us and we can't wait until June 15th to hang out with you guys and Keith. Keith Hernandez that is, not Keith being me. But you guys can hang with me too....

Less than 60 tickets left for the QBC's Lunch with @keithhernandez. Great Graduation Gift!




Less then 65 tickets are left for this great event that would also make a great Father's Day gift.

That's right folks!!! We have brought our talents to Mikkeller Brewery NYC!
We always have the QBC in January to hold of the doldrums of winter without baseball. Folks are always asking us if we are going to do any other events during the year. We thought about it and boy do we have a doozy for you guys. How does a luncheon sound with one of the most beloved players/broadcasters from Flushing. Can you guys guess who it is? That's right. Keith Hernandez. That's right. Keith promised to come out to see the fans since he got side lined in January with a really bad back and had to have surgery. He really wanted to come that day so he asked us to do a special June event with us.
This is going to be a smaller more intimate event then our premiere QBC in the winter. We only have 150 seats available.


Here are the details for the event.

June 15th, 2019. The panel and signing is from 11:30 to 2:30 pm. Doors will open at 11. Dennis Holden and John Saponaro are going to MC the event. The awesome Pete McCarthy is hosting the panel itself. Limited to 150 tickets.
This is what you get when you buy a ticket.
-You get admission into the event,
-A limited edition Dave Majo print for you to have signed by Keith
You can bring in an item to get a second auto from Keith
-A Keith Hernandez Topps Card,
-A photo with your camera with Keith at the signing table
-Oh and here's the best part, the lunch is included in the ticket. Mikkeller has some pretty awesome food and they offered us a killer menu. Mikkeller is setting up a buffet where food and soft drinks are included. The menu is....
BBQ Pulled Pork
Honey BBQ Chicken Wings
Mac and Cheese
Coleslaw
Martin's Potato Bun Sliders
Soft Drinks- Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Ginger Beer, Hot Coffee

That's a pretty solid menu there.

You guys have really packed the hell out of this event. This has got to cost close to $500 per ticket. Well if you did get all these things separately, yeah you are looking at something like that. There is a famous memorabilia company that charges $120 for you to just send in for Keith's autograph alone. You are getting two autos ($240) The Panel itself($65), Majo Print ($100), Photo ($25),Topps Card(varies), and lunch ($30). It's a $460 dollar value. We are doing this all for $145 (plus tax and fees) a ticket. We tried to get the price down as low as possible while giving the most bang for the buck. The other thing we are doing is that you don't have to get up and wait on line to get your print and item signed. We will be calling you guys up table by table so you can continue eating and relaxing.

Dan and I want to do cool events like this for fans like us. We hope you guys will show up so we can do these once in a while plus the mothership QBC event in January.


Wow Mikkeller....Is there parking? 
Yes in Lot G.It is free just say that you are there for Mikkeller and the event. After the event you might have to move to a different lot though.

You can check out www.QueensBaseballConvention.com for info and tix or you can just go right here to buy tickets.


WOW. What a first pitch.

Ever since I have thrown out a first pitch (four years today actually), I have been obsessed watching folks tossing out their pitches. This one.. WOW



Here's one of mine.




First Pitch from Media Goon aka Keith Blacknick on Vimeo.

Here's the other one.


MCU PARK: First Pitch from Media Goon aka Keith Blacknick on Vimeo.





New @the7line Truck



Just when you think Darren has run out of innovative things he breaks out this...
The 7 Line truck is finally here, and it's going to open up our doors to a whole slew of great avenues for the brand.
We've needed a work vehicle for a while, but I kept pushing it off with hopes that my master plan would finally come to life. After getting the blessing of MLB, I went full steam ahead to purchase a vehicle and get it outfitted with everything on the wish list. 
We hired Will Castro from Unique to do all the customizations, and the finished product is FIRE. So besides just looking awesome on the road, what's it for?  A lot. 
First off is the expected. Picking up supplies, and dropping off deliveries to our Citi Field kiosk.
On The 7 Line Army home outing days we'll bring the truck to our tailgate parties. Besides making it a whole lot easier to bring party necessities, T7LA resident DJ Elvis, aka Chrome Dome, now how has a booth on wheels.
We also signed up to be a part of Patchogue's Alive After 5 festival. Main Street gets shut down four nights per summer, and it turns in to a giant street fair with live music, vendors, and food trucks. Most of the bars on the block set up on the street, and we'll be there with our merch mobile. It's a really great time, and I highly recommend you circle June 27th, July 11th and 25th, and August 8th on your calendars. 
The truck was mainly designed to be a store on wheels. The interior walls are slotted so we can hang our merchandise, and the tv outside will act as our "menu". We plan to release some exclusive truck only merch, so stay tuned for that if you like some rare items for your collection. 
We'll also use the truck for parades. Like Monday's Memorial Day Parade in Little Neck / Douglaston, Queens. 
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All set for the Little Neck / Douglaston Memorial Day parade. Tossing out a couple hundred @The7LineArmy shirseys along the route. πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
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We plan to team up with local bars for sales / viewing parties. They'd need to have their own parking lots (we can't sell on the street without a permit), and we'll then head inside to watch the game. Let us know where you'd like to see us roll up. 
Lastly, the truck is equipped with WiFi. This is huge for Orange And Blue Thing. We'll be able to drive the truck pretty much anywhere and broadcast our show from our set on wheels. So many possibilities here. Especially for guests that can't make it our to our warehouse. We'll go to them. 
If you see us out on the road, snap a pic and tag us. We'll pick a few winners each month to get a free care package. 
If you catch us on the road, post a pic across social media and tag us. We’ll select a few winners monthly to win a free care package.
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Join our mailing list to get a heads up once we have a schedule of dates and locations set for the truck this summer. 
Thanks for supporting T7L all these years! None of this would have ever been possible without the legions of Mets fans who have supported the brand these last 11 seasons.