Tuesday, January 28, 2020


FROM FAITH AND FEAR IN FLUSHING
Outside it’s cold, misty, and it’s raining. We’ve got a FanFest; who right here’s complaining? Not anybody who thinks it’s sexy that the Mets opened Citi Field on the last Saturday in January for as much baseball as they could possibly produce without benefit of a baseball game.
It was the first hopefully annual FanFest in Mets history. Mets history goes back a ways, yet they never before did this. They ran modest caravans and arranged diffuse appearances, half-heartedly and intermittently currying winter goodwill if it wasn’t too much trouble. A full-fledged FanFest, however, was some other sucker’s parade. Cubs Convention. Cardinals Winter Warm-Up. Red Sox Weekend. And whoever heard of those teams? The Mets were content to maintain a low hot stove profile. It’s not like folks wouldn’t turn out on Opening Day.
For much of the 2010s, if you wanted a Mets FanFest, you did it yourself. Queens Baseball Convention, or QBC, was as DIY as it got. We, the fans, did that, though I use “we” broadly. In recent years, these original LGM Meetings were largely the work of two dedicated Mets fans, Keith Blacknick and Dan Twohig, with dozens of volunteers and contributors (I was among the latter) pitching in to put on a show, and hundreds of Mets fans investing in tickets just so we could all be in one place for a few hours between seasons. It was a great time wherever it was held, which was usually in a spot where the seams all but burst out into the frigid streets. QBC was an Off Broadway production, but it had heart.
Thing is, QBC, its miles and miles of heart notwithstanding, shouldn’t have existed. Fans shouldn’t have to put on their own FanFest. Fans want to rally around the flag, even when the flag never got higher than fourth place the previous year and wasn’t projected to fly much higher the next year. We want to revel in our thing. The Mets have been our thing collectively since 1962. We don’t go on hiatus after Game 162. We embrace the Mets 365 days most years, 366 days this year. But ya got meet us halfway one day. We’ll come to you, but ya gotta open the door and let us in. Do that, and the reveling and embracing will flow.
And so it did on Saturday. The first hopefully annual Mets FanFest clicked. At least I think it did. I was there, but I was officially in media mode, kindly credentialed by the club’s communications department, which meant tamping down my natural inclination toward the first-person plural and foregoing the myriad selfie lines that gripped and grinned with most every Met in creation.
READ MORE FROM GREG HERE.

Thanks for the kind words Greg. And he is right. We never should have had to have done this, but because we did, we proved to the Mets the fans wanted a fan fest.

Thanks From the Other QBC Guy


Hi Everyone

You know me as “the other guy” besides Keith who runs the QBC.  Other than tweets, I generally don’t post publicly but given the last 2 weeks I wanted to put a few words down.

For me the QBC started as a lark, a fun side project I could do with my buddy Shannon and this Keith guy I had never met.  That first year we had no idea what kind of response we would get.  All we knew was that we had Ronnie Darling, Ed Kranepool, Mr. Met, and a dunk tank (ok, not the best idea).  Well, several hundred of you showed up, we got coverage in the local papers, and even SNY showed an interest in us.  Seemed we had tapped into something.

Over the next few years Shannon dropped out and Keith and I became partners and good friends.  Along the way we brought in over a dozen players, held many many panels, had SNY as a sponsor, was covered by Sports Illustrated and Deadspin, hosted Mets executives, and sold a few thousand tickets.  Most importantly, we never lost sight of our motto – “for the fans, by fans.” 

The QBC stopped being a lark and became a labor of love.  Would we have liked to have made money?  Of course.  Did we?  Honestly, not to get into details but not really.  Money was never our goal with the QBC.  We really tried to keep prices as low as we could to make sure as many average, real fans could attend and experience meeting guys like Strawberry, Backman, Nimmo, etc.  I think most people understood that too.

And then this past year happened.  Last year’s QBC was the biggest and best yet.  Then Yahoo tried to sneak in and take our acronym.  We invoked out trademark and fought them off.  Next, the Mets announced they were finally going to run a FanFest (which we had been telling them to do for almost 10 years). They wanted to partner with us, then they didn’t.  We tried to coexist but realistically it was too much.

So now the Mets have a successful FanFest.  I really hope they understand what they have and make this the first of many years.  I don’t begrudge them, tho I do wish they had involved Keith and I, but so be it.  The fans won and that was always our goal.

When we started the QBC I was living outside Philadelphia, my daughter was 3 and my son was a week from being born.  She is now 9, he just turned 6, and we now live outside Boston.  A lot has changed in the last 7 years but the one thing that has remained constant was the passion of the fans who attended the QBC. 

It’s those fans I will miss the most.  Over the years this annual event was a chance to see people like us, people that bleed orange and blue.  I’d recognize faces from year to year, and people came to know me.  We were a Mets family.

So what now?  As Keith has said, the QBC is not dead.  We have put way too much of our heart and soul (and money) into this just to let it die.  What form it will take, we still have to decide.  But we will be around somehow.

For now I want to thank you for supporting us the last 7 years.  Without you, the QBC would have never taken off.

Thanks also to all those who have supported us, from our vendors, our advertisers, SNY, and yes even the Mets, who probably could have shut us down year 1 if they really wanted to. 

I also want to thank all of our amazing volunteers who over the years have become friends.  As I told you guys recently, the QBC was the one time each year I was guaranteed to see you, and I will miss that.

Most of all though I want to thank my partner in all of this, Keith.  I had no idea who he was when we started, but over the years we’ve become Irish brothers in this venture. 

It’s been a fun ride and I look forward to the next chapter.

See you all then
Dan

Monday, January 27, 2020

@Mets planned the #MetsFanFest internally.


I was just informed that the Mets did plan their fan fest internally and did not use anyone from the outside. That makes it even more impressive that they pulled it off considering how tone deaf that they have been to the fans in the past. I just want to put it out there. They did a great job, need some tweaking of things but overall folks were very happy.

Thank you @QBConvention/QBC/Queens Baseball Convention Fans


Hey Guys,

I am sure Dan will eventually want to post something too about this. While it is fresh in my mind I wanted to thank all our fellow Mets fans that have supported the QBC over the years. When we originally started the QBC it was an idea between Shannon Shark of Metspolice.com and myself to try to bluff the Mets into doing a Fan Fest. They shrugged us off. We decided since we mouthed off we have to put our money where out mouths were and we pressed on with our plan. Darren from the7line.com joined in with us and was in the initial planning of the first QBC. He had to pull out of it because of business reasons and Dan Twohig joined in. The three of us were able to pull off the First QBC. While we knew Mets Fans wanted a fan fest, we didn't expect the QBC to have such a good response to how we ran it. We started planning the second QBC after that. The clamoring for the QBC was great and we couldn't believe that the three of us were able to pull off something great two years in a row. Our third year got snowed out. It was also the year that Shannon decided he didn't want to run the QBC anymore. I went from being the guy behind the scenes that was doing all the creative/technical stuff to the guy that had to become the face of the QBC. Shannon was the one footing the bills for the first two QBCs and to his credit, even thought he didn't want to be involved in the planning and running of the QBC he still wanted to help Dan and me in whatever capacity he needed. The duties then became Dan booking the talent, dealing with the vendors, mascots, and the paperwork. I was the one who came up with trying to find the venues, the setup, advertising, coming up with the concepts for the commercials and filming them and logistics. We both had to foot the bill for the events. We have become a pretty well oiled machine even with some bumps along the way.

I don't know if you guys realized this or not, but I have always been a guy that prefers to be behind the scenes. I have never liked being in front of folks talking or doing interviews or even being in front of cameras. The QBC has forced me to deal with and I have become more confident with dealing with folks in general because of it. I can't believe it when people wanted to take selfies with me because I am the QBC guy.


Back to our original goal. Force the Mets to have a fanfest. It took years for it to happen but it happened. So we won. Even though we had to cancel the QBC this year, we got our original goal. I went to the Fan Fest over the weekend and was expecting a car wreck. The Mets pulled off a well run event instead(I did hear that the Mets brought someone in to run it, even though it wasn't me and Dan, I am glad they realized they needed outside help for this, if this is true).

Here's some comments from QBC fans-


Thanks Dan.






Knowing that we were able to pull this off and have our fellow fans telling us we did a good job makes all the stress and hard work over the years pay off. We are working on something. Don't know when we are going to do it but we are going to something. Thank you to everyone. You along with us, showed the Mets that we wanted a fan fest and because of all of us with the QBC( the folks who ran it and the folks who attended it) there is one now. If the Mets drop the ball with it in the future. We will rise like the Phoenix from the ashes.

One more thing. I want to thank all of our QBC family. Starting with my our family of volunteers.




Sunday, January 26, 2020

@Mets and NYPD parking in Handicap Spots in Lot A during Fan Fest.









I think lot A is supposed to be for workers at Citi Field. The Mets not realizing how many cars 
that were going to end up coming to the Fan Fest(short sighted Mets? Never) decided to throw 
Lot A open to the public at the last minute. The cop cars that were there I guess are stored there
for Citi Field Events and they figured Lot A wasn't going to be used. The mistake was that they 
never should have been put in those spots to begin with. They should have been put in the spots 
next to the disabled parking spots. I was up in the Foxwoods where I saw Valerie( who I never met
before and I just happened to be standing there) lose who cool with the NYPD Sergeant. I get the
frustration how it is to deal with the Mets staff at times. He doesn't have any power to have the 
cars moved because he is there on a paid detail. The folks who should be getting the brunt of it
were the Mets and the local NYPD Precinct who's cars are there. This is the kind of stuff that when 
the Mets do something good, they still make themselves look bad. The Mets need to reevaluate 
where they store the NYPD cars.





Here is another not so happy fan from @Mets Fan Fest


Here is a another "negative" tweet about the Mets Fan Fast


@Mets:Some complaints coming in from #MetsFanFest


Here's an email that I received today.

Hi Keith,
 Was at the Fanfest yesterday for the 4-6 pm session. We arrived early hoping we can get into the team store but they wouldn’t allow us access until we entered the building. They did let us in early but they could’ve let us in immediately considering it was a monsoon outside. They kept us in rain for at least 30 mins, they weren’t helpful at all. There were lots of older people and young children which I pointed out to the supervisor and she lectured me that I should’ve dressed warmer. After finding out I wasn’t a season ticket holder she told me I wouldn’t be allowed in until 4pm with a smirk on her face and walked away from me. Horrible hospitality. 

 Then when we entered the lines to all the fun stuff were very long because there were still people there from the 12pm session and the 2pm session. I also heard tickets for 12pm were available on stub hub. The Mets should’ve put a cap on how many tickets can be sold at 1 time so it doesn’t get sold out to scalpers. I hope next year they make 1 start time for the whole day. Especially since the 12-2 pm session was really an all day event. Also the autograph session was poorly designed. They put the athletes in a corner and lined the people up like cattle in a narrow hallway. They wrapped the line around 3 times instead of using all the space they have in the hallway and have 1 line. It was clearly oversold and poorly managed. We weren’t given any special items really. We were given an empty Fanfest bag. No t shirt, no mug no pen or schedule. NOTHING. With so much to offer they did so little for the fans. 

I hope you can get this to the people who care.
Thanks
M.


Saturday, January 25, 2020

Was the new Spring Training Cap at Mets Fan Fest?

Was the New Mets Spring Training Cap at the Mets Fan Fest?

Hat tip to Jacob Resnick.

@Mets FanFest- First hand account.



Even thought I didn't get credentialed, I bought a ticket from someone on Twitter for $65. I wanted to go there to see a car wreck and I was really shocked that I didn't. The Fan Fest was way more organized than I thought it would be. I might have found out why though and the Mets could dispute me on this if they want, but I heard that they brought someone in from another city to run the Fan Fest. Kudos to them if they did do that. The Mets opened the doors early at 11:30 am because of the rain which I was shocked out. I have to tell you that was a smart idea and very unMetslike. When folks first got into the Jackie Robinson Rotunda it was confusing because you didn't know where to go. Do you go up the escalator to the Delta Club? Do I walk into the Mets Museum? There were no signs telling you who was where and what was going on each section.

I went upstairs and ran into Brodie. He was walking around shaking hands and taking pics with the fans. Which is cool. He also remembered me from the QBC/The Mets Fan advisory board and told me to let the Mets know how they did with this. It seemed it took a while for the mild confusion to dissipate and for fans to figure out what was going on. I was cool that they had "designated" spots for the bigger name players to take photos with fans but the random ones that just popped up near elevators got a little confusing because folks didn't know what lines they were getting on at times.

The Panel room in the Foxwoods clubs seemed very empty during the SNY segment of it. Barely anyone was there for Betances, Hot Stove, and Brandon Nimmo. Some players that didn't have their handlers near them would sign stuff if you asked. 

The self tour I didn't do. It was kind of basic except I did do the batting cages. It seemed like the Mets  had players in every area to mingle with the fans.







All in all it was a good day. Saw some stuff that wasn't a 100 percent 
great but they are on the right track. It did seem like there weren't 
enough announcements to tell folks what was going on. They should 
just make it an all day thing.Every fan in attendance might have had 
a different "fest". Even though folks today told me that they missed 
the Queens Baseball Convention, maybe it's time to have a big blow 
off party at Mulcahy's call this a victory and just do smaller events like
 Lunch with Keith Hernandez. This was my quick though post, I am 
sure I'll have more to say over the next few days.

Congrats to the Mets on a well run event today.

Mets Fan Fest Updated Post



Mets Fan Fest is today and there is actual info.


Good luck to the Mets, Mets Fans, and Players/Legends today.

Looks like the Mets did give info in the email, but whoever designed it wanted to make it a treasure hunt.






At least they finally gave some information on it... Have fun today all this who are going.


Friday, January 24, 2020



From the NY Post 

Read more here

I wonder how this is going to play at. Will players end up getting sued too? Does this open up a floodgate of lawsuits? How likely is this guy to get a payout?

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Not worthy enough for Fan Fest Credentials but here please push Luis Rojas Presser



Even though they deem me not credential worthy, the Mets send me the Press Release about Rojas.

METS NAME LUIS ROJAS MANAGER

FLUSHING, N.Y., January 23, 2020 – The New York Mets today announced that they have named Luis Rojas the 23rd manager in team history, agreeing to terms on a multi-year contract.

“Luis has grown up with baseball in his blood, as his family is part of baseball royalty,” said Mets COO Jeff Wilpon. “Luis managed many of our current players during his time in our organization. He is fully prepared for this exciting opportunity.”

Rojas, 38, will begin his 15th year with the Mets, including eight as a minor league manager. He spent last season as the Mets’ quality control coach. In that role, he served as a conduit between the front office and coaching staff on all issues including game preparation, strategy and analytics.

“I will work tirelessly to help this team win,” said Rojas. “I believe this team and coaching staff can do special things, and I look forward to working together with everyone to reach our goals.”

“I would like to thank Fred, Jeff, Saul and the entire ownership group for their support as we worked diligently through this process,” said Mets Executive Vice President and General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen. “Luis’ leadership, knowledge of the game as well as his ability to connect with the players create a formula for success. We are excited for Mets fans to get to know him.”

Previously, Rojas managed at several levels in the organization including Double-A Binghamton (2017-18), Class-A St. Lucie (2015-16), Class-A Savannah (2012-14) and Rookie-level Gulf Coast (2011). He was voted by his peers as the Best Managerial Prospect in the Florida State League in 2015 and 2016 and the Best Managerial Prospect in the South Atlantic League in 2014 in Baseball America. Rojas guided Savannah to the South Atlantic League Championship in 2013 and was named the South Atlantic League Manager of the Year in 2014. He also coached with Savannah in 2010, Gulf Coast from 2008-2009 and the Dominican Mets in 2006 and 2007. 

In addition to his experience with the Mets, Rojas managed Leones del Escogido in the Dominican Winter League from 2015-18. This offseason, he managed the Dominican Republic in the 2019 WBSC Premier12 tournament. 

Rojas is the son of Felipe Alou, who played 17 years in the big leagues and later managed for another 14 years, and the brother of Moises Alou, who played 17 years in the majors, including in 2007-2008 for the Mets. Rojas’ uncles Jesús and Matty Alou also played in the majors.

Luis becomes the sixth Dominican-born manager in major league history. His father became the first when he helmed the Montreal Expos from 1992-2001. He joins Manny Acta, Tony Peña, Juan Samuel and Luis Pujols as the only other mangers from Dominican heritage. 

In addition, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, Luis and Felipe are the fifth father-son duo to both serve as major league managers, joining Buddy and David Bell, Aaron and Bob Boone, George and Dick Sisler and Bob and Joel Skinner. 

Rojas played in the Orioles, Marlins and Expos/Nationals Minor League systems from 1999-2005. He makes his home in Santo Domingo, DR with his wife, Laura, and son, Luis Felipe.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Informational Video for Mets Fan Fest



If you were wondering whats going on for Saturday.... It gives some details but not everything.

Looks like Luis Rojas is the next Mets Manager.


Just like the Beltran hiring I’m just like whatever. Now the Mets need to find a new quality control coach.

Matlack to Mets Hall of Fame



Nice to see the Mets embracing their history.

Horrible Mets Starter Jacket


Yikes. This is awful.


Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Seems like there are going to be some good names at Mets Fanfest





I just got a press release about who is available for Media on Saturday. I still don’t know how the autograph sessions will work or who will be signing.






FLUSHING, N.Y., January 21, 2020 – The Mets will host the inaugural Mets FANFEST at Citi Field this Saturday, January 25. The event will feature members of the current roster and alumni as well as games, tours and other activities for the whole family. Below is the schedule for media availability during the event. In addition to the names below, select players will be available on request. 


METROPOLITAN HOSPITALITY SPACE – PORSCHE LEVEL

                           Jacob deGrom
                             Pete Alonso
                           Amed Rosario
                            Steven Matz


OLD DOMINION TRUCK LEAVING FOR PORT ST. LUCIE

Once again, the Mets equipment truck is being packed up and sent off to Port St. Lucie, FL for Spring Training. The truck, which will be loaded up at noon on Saturday, will provide great visuals and photo opportunities. The event will take place in the loading dock outside of the Mets clubhouse. Old Dominion Freight Line is a proud partner of the New York Mets and the official freight provider for this event.


    .        Robinson Canó
Edwin Díaz
Jeff McNeil
Turk Wendell

Mayors Berke, Whaley, Benjamin to Announce Mayors’ Task Force to Save Minor League Baseball

I don’t know why, but I feel like MLB is up to something with the MiLB and trying to shrink the teams.

Mayors Berke, Whaley, Benjamin to Announce 
Mayors’ Task Force to Save Minor League Baseball

Group seeks to protect America’s beloved Minor League against MLB’s 
devastating plan to eliminate 42 hometown teams 
 
WASHINGTON – Mayors of Chattanooga, Tenn., Dayton, Ohio, and Columbia, S.C. tomorrow will announce the official formation of the Mayors’ Task Force to Save Minor League Baseball

The Task Force will be co-chaired by Chattanooga Mayor Andy BerkeDayton Mayor Nan Whaley, and Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin

The mayors will host a telephone news conference at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 22 during the U.S. Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting in Washington, D.C.   

Major League Baseball (MLB) in November proposed a dramatic restructuring to cut 42 of the 160 Minor League Baseball (MiLB) teams. Should the plan move forward, it would devastate communities across the country and have negative impacts for all affiliated minor league clubs, as it would decrease the value of the entire league.  

Among the 42 teams targeted to fold is Mayor Berke’shometown Chattanooga Lookouts. The team, with roots dating back to 1885, has been an integral part of the community for generations.   

The mayors will discuss formation of the Task Force, which follows on a Congressional Task Force established in December, and the strategy to continue the momentum on this issue before taking questions.

Mets Fashion Jersey

Yuck


Monday, January 20, 2020

The Mets Fan Fest and the search for a new Manager.


I am really not trying to bash the Mets, but I really am curious on how they are going to deal with the zero buzz fanfest this weekend. I know they sold out and I am glad the Mets are finally trying to do something cool for the fans but it doesn't seem like they want to tell the fans what is going on this Saturday for some reason. And the one person that they had definitely said was going to be there is no longer going to be there was Carlos Beltran. Speaking of Beltran, how do you think the Mets handle the questions about that this weekend? I can't see any of this going well for them. I just hope that my fellow fans are treated with respect and the Mets do the right thing by them. I can see this being  fiasco if not handled properly. I myself didn't buy tickets because I wanted more info before I did and just didn't feel personally it was worth while for me to do so. I would have wanted to by for all three sessions and it could have been a big waste for me if all the sessions were the same.

Anyone that reads this going this Saturday? If so, want to be my man/woman on the street and give me the details?

Saturday, January 18, 2020

@QBConvention: What I am thinking on what was supposed to be QBC 2020 today.


Good day everyone. On what should be one of my favorite and hardest working days of the year, I don't know what to do with myself. At the time that this is being posted, I would usually be in full gear with Dan and the QBC Volunteers throwing the QBC together and counting down the time until we open the doors. As disappointed you all are that there is no QBC today, I might be even more disappointed. Since we began the QBC, it has been a passion project. I pour my entire essence into this event every year because I want the QBC to be the best thing out there. I don't want anyone to walk away unhappy from it(even though I know it is an unrealistic goal). Running the QBC the day of is one of the most exhausting days I have during my life. It doesn't stress me out but I become hyper focused on making the day enjoyable for everyone and that includes our volunteers who bust their asses too.

This year we had two wins. One was against Yahoo and the other was with the Mets. The Mets finally saw how successful that we can be and that Mets fans wanted a fan fest. That was our original goal and that has been accomplished. The only problem with that win is that is drew fans away from the QBC. Why go to the unofficial Fan Fest when the can go to the official one. I get it. I really do. 

I wanted you guys to know that I wanted to have the QBC at Citi Field this year. I approached the Mets about this and this is when the Mets told me about their idea of a fan fest. They even asked us to join forces with them to consult on panels and on the day but they told us that they didn't want to pay us anything for that. We found that a bit insulting. The reason is, I know that the Mets would take our ideas and use it for themselves without any compensation for us. I don't think we should give up any of our successful formula for nothing. Dan and I with the backing of our family and friends who volunteer to help with the QBC, decided to carry on with it. We had to find a location that would work for the growth of the QBC and there aren't that many places that fit the budget and all our needs for a successful QBC. While having the QBC on LI wasn't ideal for everyone we were very happy that Mulcahy's wanted to bring us out there and we thank them for that. They have been great even with the cancellation of today's event. We tried every which way to make this years event work. But Dan and I would have taken a huge personal hit money wise in our pockets and since the QBC is a passion project it wouldn't fair to our families to do that to them. Dan was also getting slammed at work and was trying to make sure he could make the event himself, but his job schedule might have conflicted with him being able to be in LI today. That is a lot of burden and work that would have been put on my shoulders. 

Tickets sold very well at first when we put them up but the pace slowed down a lot. Especially when folks were buying tickets for the Mets Fan Fest instead. We ran the numbers and looked at the personal loss and scheduling conflict and realized the best thing to do was cancel the QBC and reassess when we could do an event later on. Will it be a full on QBC or a smaller version, I don't know yet. I just wanted to get past today. I am still recovering from all the work I was doing behind the scenes with the websites, promoting, eventbrite, PayPal, and then my brain got fried because I had to refund everyone one by one by one. Eventbrite doesn't let you bulk refund orders and I spent a good six hours at it. Dan had to deal with cancelling the guests, the vendors, the mascots, etc. We also had to break the news to you guys too. I saw some of the reddit posts about how some folks didn't like how we handled cancelling and I'll touch on that too. We are just fans like you. We tried to do for our fellow fans what we would like to attend. We do not make a lot of money off this. If you factor in the amount of work Dan and I put in, we are actually personally in the red. We aren't promoters. We don't run events like this full time.We do it for our fellow fans because it is a fun day. We do it because we believe in the fan base of the NY METS. We do it because we feel like we filled a void that was left by our favorite baseball team that makes us bleed Orange and Blue.

I want to thank all of you that have supported us over the years. I want to thank the folks who volunteer year after year that give up their Saturday to help out. They don't get paid. They usually get taken out to a nice dinner the week before QBC, get fed all day at QBC, and get special Jerseys. But they too do this all out of the goodness of their hearts for us and for their fellow fans. This is my QBC, no. This is my family that helps us out. I also want to thank the folks who no longer volunteer with us. They might have started with us in the beginning but have had other commitments over the years and couldn't continue on helping out. And thank you to all of you who have attended the QBC over the years. I feel like we let you down this year by having to cancel. It was not an easy decision to make. Right now I should be running around Mulchay's getting everything ready for a kick ass day but I am not. Instead I am thinking about what this day could have been and right now I feel empty inside. I am hoping in a week or two that the fire comes back. That I again start thinking about what is next for our brand and our friends and fellow fans. The QBC isn't over. It is just in a state of metamorphosis and will return.

I can't write a post about this without touching on the Mets Fan Fest and my feelings on it. I have been wavering on letting my emotions out and letting you guys know what I think about it. I think it is cool that the Mets are trying to be fan friendly and have a Fan Fest. Do I think it is going to be good? In my personal opinion from what I have seen in the past I am wavering more to that there are going to be problems with it. Now will it be growing pains problems from being brand new? Or will it be typical Mets problems like how they throw three different promotional days together at the Stadium. You know what I mean. Mets welcome Japanese Heritage day. Mets welcome Comic con day, and he Mets are giving out winter beanies in Aug day.. all on the same day. I personally think it could go that way. The Mets told us that they wanted to do this for a good PR event and I believe that. I also know the Mets half ass stuff and I have been railing against that for over a decade now as a blogger with metspolice.com and this blog. I really hope for the fans that bought tickets to the Fan Fest that I am wrong and it goes off without a hitch because the fans deserve that. My friends that work for the Mets deserve a good day because sometimes they are served a shit sandwich for dinner and have to eat it.

 I hope I am wrong and this is a fantastic event. I also am curious what the Mets are going to do with all the cosmic karma that has been happening the last few days with a manager who was fired and that was supposed to appear at the fan fest. I can't wait to hear/see the questions going on that day at the panel(s) that will be going on. 

These are all my thoughts about the QBC and the Mets Fan Fest as I sit at work on a Friday night at Midnight. One other note, it is great that I don't have to field a 1000 questions about snow this weekend.