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Saturday, September 25, 2021

QBC 2021: Queens Baseball Convention Tickets On Sale Today

 


The day we have all been waiting for. QBC 2021 at Mulcahy's Pub are live today at Noon. 

Location: Mulcahy's Pub and Concert Hall Wantagh, LI

Date: Saturday November 13th 2021

Time: 11 am

Who is going to be there: 

Ron Darling, Gary Cohen, and Todd Frazier doing panels and signings

State of the Mets Panel Hosted by Mark Healey with WFAN's Lori Rubinson, Newsday's Tim Healey, and The Apple's Tim Ryder.

Mets Book Author Panel

Gil Hodges Unforgettable Fire Award presented to Shannon Forde (family accepting in her honor)

Vendor's

and more.

How do I get my tickets? Go to QueensBaseballConvention.com today starting at Noon.  General Admission Tickets are just $25 plus tax and fees.

Also visit QBCMerchstand.com for our new shirts with the painted QBC Logo by Dave Majo.


Friday, September 24, 2021

QBC 2021 Tickets go up for sale...

 



I know we have been teasing the date when the tickets go on sale for QBC 2021 on Saturday November 13th 2021 at Mulcahy's Pub and Concert hall. Finally here it is. Saturday. September 25th. Noon. That's right it's tomorrow at noon. We did what you guys have asked in the past to just have General Admission tickets so if you don't want an autograph you don't need to have to pay for one in your Ticket price. We made the auto's and inscriptions ala carte so folks could pick and choose what they want easier. Press Release here.

If you go to QueensBaseballConvention.com  now, you will see the "Buttons" so you can go buy tickets. Those buttons are active but the eventbrite site won't be until tomorrow. It's not broken, it's just not ready to go yet, but I needed to be able to have the links ready for tomorrow. I tried to do this when I had my free time and wasn't at work. So, don't forget. Tomorrow. Saturday. September 25th. Noon. QBC tickets go on sale.

Also visit QBCMerchstand.com for QBC tee and sweatshirts. I'll be adding another design there in a few days if you wan't to wait on it. Thanks for the continued support.


Thursday, September 23, 2021

QBC: Ticket Prices Announcement

 




Contact: Keith Blacknick or Dan Twohig

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

QBC2016@GMAIL.COM

Queens Baseball Convention Releases Ticket Pricing for 2021 Event

September 23, 2021 – Ticket prices for the 2021 Queens Baseball Convention were announced earlier today with organizers touting their new ala carte options.

The new ticketing option allows fans to purchase a General Admission ticket by itself, without needing to purchase an autograph as well. Autograph fees have now been separated out and are available on a per guest basis.

“During our first several years the only way to attend the QBC was by buying a ticket and autograph package” explained co-founder Dan Twohig. “Because of the limited size of prior venues we were not able to offer just a general admission ticket. Now that we have moved to Mulcahy’s, a venue with a much larger capacity, we can add that option.”

General Admission tickets will be priced at $25 per person (plus tax and fees)

With this new option we hope to attract a lot more Mets fans to come out and enjoy the day with us,” continued Twohig’s partner Keith Blacknick. “The new pricing allows families to come out at a very affordable price. Of course autographs will still be available, just with their own fee now.”

Autograph pricing was announced as follows:

  • Ron Darling solo autograph $40

  • Gary Cohen solo autograph $40

  • Ron & Gary combo autograph $75

  • Todd Frazier solo autograph $25

  • Gary Cohen Inscription “It’s Outta Here” $20

  • All other inscriptions $10

    PSA will be on hand to authenticate any signatures (separate fee).


    Tickets are expected to go on sale within the next few days at 
    www.QueensBaseballConvention.com

    For more information or for inquiries, please email us at QBC2016@gmail.com, or follow us on social media (Twitter @QBConvention or Facebook www.facebook.com/QueensBaseballConvention )

    ABOUT THE QBC
    Founded in 2013, the Queens Baseball Convention was created as a mid-winter gathering of fans of the New York Mets. Our design 
    is a combination of “Fan Fest” meets “Comic Con.” Since its start it has grown into the largest fan-run fan fest in the New York area.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

QBC: Shannon Forde to be honored with Gil Hodges Award.

 



Contact: Keith Blacknick or Dan Twohig

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

QBC2016@GMAIL.COM

Queens Baseball Convention Announces Shannon Forde as the 2021 Recipient of the Gil Hodges Unforgettable Fire Award

September 22, 2021 – Organizers of the Queens Baseball Convention revealed today that former New York Mets Senior Director of Media Relations Shannon Forde will be the recipient of the 2021 Gil Hodges Unforgettable Fire Award to be presented at 2021 QBC on November 13th.

Forde tragically passed away from breast cancer in 2016 at the age of 44.

A pioneer for women in baseball, Forde rose through the ranks in the Mets media department where she had worked for 22 years, establishing connections with players, reporters, and executives across all of baseball.

Her love of the Mets, and her love of baseball, was evident in everything she did throughout her career, from shepherding green- eyed rookies around Shea and CitiField, to running the 2013 All-Star Game, to being the point person on numerous charity endeavors (including Tuesdays Children after 9/11).

Forde was also instrumental in getting the Mets media department to recognize non-traditional media outlets such as bloggers and independent websites.

Without Shannon, there may not have been a QBC” stated co-founder Keith Blacknick. We were part of the extended Mets community and Shannon always treated us as such. She helped us establish our credibility and we will always be indebted to her for that.

The Gil Hodges Unforgettable Fire Award was established in 2014 in cooperation with the Hodges family. Presented annually to a person whose memory eternally warms our hearts, brightens our spirits and lights our way, as well as brings together the best elements of sportsmanship and humanity. Past recipients have included Gil Hodges, Tom Seaver, Ed Charles, Bud Harrelson, Bobby Valentine, and David Wright.

A member of Fordes family will be accepting on her behalf at the 2021 QBC to be held on Nov. 13th at Mulcahys Pub & Concert Hall. Tickets are expected to go on sale later this week.

For more information or for inquiries, please email us at QBC2016@gmail.com, or follow us on social media (Twitter @QBConvention or Facebook www.facebook.com/QueensBaseballConvention )

ABOUT THE QBC
Founded in 2013, the Queens Baseball Convention was created as a mid-winter gathering of fans of the New York Mets. Our design 
is a combination of “Fan Fest” meets “Comic Con.” Since its start it has grown into the largest fan-run fan fest in the New York area.

QBC: The 2021 Gil Hodges Award Recipient.

 


At every QBC we present the Gil Hodges Unforgettable Fire Award to a person who exemplifies the spirit that Gil had. Past recipients have been Gil Hodges, David Wright, Ed Charles, Tom Seaver, and Buddy Harrelson.

 He Warms Our Hearts, Brightens Our Spirits, and Lights Our Way Still.” This is what is inscribed on each year’s award. The inscription couldn’t be more apropos for this year's recipient. This year’s recipient was instrumental with getting bloggers to be recognized by the Mets. This year’s recipient put themselves into their work with the Mets and the Mets community. This person was loved by all they met. This person was amazing to their family. This person was amazing to their extended family. In other words, this person was amazing in general. If it were not for this person, there might not be a QBC today.

The QBC’s Gil Hodges “Unforgettable Fire” Award committee is proud to announce that they are giving this award to a person who, when she passed away, left a hole in many, many people’s hearts. We are proud to give this award to Shannon Forde. Shannon Forde was an exemplary person. She worked tirelessly to make the Mets organization, Mets players, and the Mets community better. I honestly can go on and on about Shannon but we will save this for November 13th 2021.

If you have any memories of Shannon Forde and would like to either write or film a few words about her please do and send it to me at Mediagoon@gmail.com.


Tuesday, September 21, 2021

QBC: The Host for the Gary Cohen and Ron Darling panel is…

 



Our good friend Roger Clark of NY1 fame. You know Roger from previous QBCs and you also know that he is one of the biggest Mets fans around. Roger is fun and always does a great job. We know he will have a great time with Gary and Ron. Thanks Roger!

More info to come about ticket and autograph prices, as well when the tickets go up for sale. Follow of course here for more info as well as www.queensbaseballconvention.com, @mediagoon and @QBConvention on Twitter and our Facebook pages.


Monday, September 20, 2021

Queens Baseball Convention: QBC 2021 Covid Policy

 


Contact: Keith Blacknick or Dan Twohig

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

QBC2016@GMAIL.COM

QBC Announces COVID Protocols for 2021 Event

September 20, 2021 – With the first live Queens Baseball Convention in almost 2 years now less than eight weeks away, organizers today announced protocols that will be put in place for the Nov. 13th event.

“While we all wish we could go back to how we hosted the QBC pre-pandemic, we have to live with the reality that things have changed. We want to provide both a fun and safe experience for everyone who comes out to Mulcahy’s in November” stated co- founder Dan Twohig.

The protocols that will be put in place are as follows:
• All attendees (paid attendees, guests, vendors, and volunteers) must be EITHER fully vaccinated OR if not vaccinated, must

present proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the QBC start time, or a negative COVID-19 antigen test taken within 6 hours of the start time. This includes guests under 12 who are not yet eligible for a vaccine

“Fully vaccinated” means the guest must have received the second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine, or their first does of a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine (J&J) no later than September 30th

Proof of vaccination must be presented in one of the following manners:

  • ▪  A CDC vaccination record card

  • ▪  A record of vaccination from the health care provider who administered the vaccine, along with a government-issued or official document bearing the name of the individual and a photo or date of birth matching the name on the COVID-19 vaccination documentation

  • ▪  Printed COVID-19 vaccination documentation or a clear photo of documentation displayed on your iPhone or Android phone will be accepted 

  • ▪  NYC COVID Safe Pass, NewYork State Excelsior Pass, or EU Digital Passport will also be accepted 

    • All attendees must wear masks while inside the venue, except while eating or drinking in designated areas
    • Guests who fail to comply with these protocols will not be admitted into the QBC, or will be asked to leave

    We are still in a pandemic,” said Twohig’s partner Keith Blacknick, “but given these safety measures we can still gather together as Mets fans to celebrate the blue and orange. Of course if things change prior to the QBC we can and will adjust as needed.”

    Ticket and autograph pricing will be announced this week. For more information or for inquiries, please email us at QBC2016@gmail.com, or follow us on social media (Twitter @QBConvention or Facebook www.facebook.com/QueensBaseballConvention )

    ABOUT THE QBC
    Founded in 2013, the Queens Baseball Convention was created as a mid-winter gathering of fans of the New York Mets. Our design 
    is a combination of “Fan Fest” meets “Comic Con.” Since its start it has grown into the largest fan-run fan fest in the New York area.

Sunday, September 19, 2021

$75 for a Mets tee-shirt?




 



Represent your New York Mets fandom in a Pro Standard T-shirt that's sure to grab everyone's attention. This throwback-inspired top combines the feel of a comfy tee with the design of a jersey, including a bold chenille wordmark across the chest and detailed New York Mets patches on both sleeves. Along with a classic droptail hem, it's finished with clean woven stripes accenting the collar and cuffs. 

Not only is this shirt $75 but it had a very weird blue outline around the Mets.

You can find this on Lids.com


Saturday, September 18, 2021

Mets went 1 and 4 in Black Jerseys.

 


Can we now move beyond this black jersey nonsense since they went 1-4 while wearing them? I know I was being a pain in the ass with always commenting about them being worn and that since the Mets announced the return of the black jerseys. I was half joking about this. I wanted to get under the skin of folks who thought these jerseys were a "golden era" for the Mets. I get that every 20 years is usually when nostalgia hits and that this was a lot of the folks were young and growing up and this was "their jersey". I know a lot of folks forgot that the Mets teams during this era never won a World Series and also I can't forget about the collapses that happened. I stick by my guns and say it would have been cool if they just wore them for a game or two and not made such a big deal of them that the Mets did. I really hope that these don't end up being in the rotation next season.

I think I am going to stop harping on the black jerseys for a while and just see how this organization handles the second year of the Steve Cohen owner ship era.

Let's Go Mets.

Friday, September 17, 2021

Weird light up MR Met BOBBLEHEAD.

 


A bobblehead so bright, you're gonna need shades! Make sure your team pride shines like a beacon of awesome by showing off this Mr. Met New York Mets Mascot Action Pose Light Up Ball Bobblehead in your fancave!

    I really don’t get this one. Wouldn’t stadium lights have looked better?

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Possible new @QBConvention tee shirt design.

 


Dave Majo has been toying around a bit with the QBC logo for a new tee shirt. Here is what he came up with.






What do you guys think?


Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Mets Roster News and Game Notes



 

INF José Peraza has been reinstated from the 10-Day IL.

 

OF Albert Almora Jr. has been optioned to Triple-A Syracuse.

 

Attached are today’s game notes as well as an updated roster.

 




Topps selling Once Upon a Time in Queens Cards.


 

Description

2021 Topps x ESPN 30for30 - “Once Upon a Time in Queens” - Part 1 

In a special collaboration with ESPN and ESPN Films, The Topps Company is proud to present the 30-for-30 “Once Upon a Time in Queens” commemorative trading card set. Following the documentary’s scheduled release dates/times, this is a four-part trading card set that captures the 1986 New York Mets championship season and the players that made it such a magical, and at times chaotic, campaign, as well as two of the documentary’s executive producers – Jimmy Kimmel and Sal “Cousin Sal” Iacono. 

Be on the lookout for limited edition base card parallels and rare autograph cards and enjoy completing the entire 40-card complete set. 

Configuration:

• 10 cards per pack! 

• 10 cards per episode for 4 episodes (40 card checklist)

• Look for randomly inserted sticker autograph cards and parallel cards!

Base Card and Autograph Card Parallels

Blue/Orange parallel - #’ed to 86 
Gold parallel - #’ed to 1 

Part 1 Checklist:

1.) Darryl Strawberry introduced – 1980 #1 overall Draft Pick 

2.) Keith Hernandez introduced – 1983 arrival 

3.) Davey Johnson named manager – 1984 arrival 

4.) Dwight Gooden arrives from minors 

5.) The Magic of Doc – 1984 ROY Campaign 

6.) Gary Carter introduced – 1985 arrival 

7.) Lenny Dykstra introduced – 1985 arrival *Autograph Subject 

8.) Mookie Wilson – Mets speedy veteran – part of club since 1980 

9.) Dwight Gooden – 1985 NL Cy Young Award winner*Autograph Subject 

10.)Frank Cashen building a contender 

All sales are final. Print runs revealed after sales window expires. Art subject to change. Not responsible for typographical/printer errors.


Part 2 Checklist:

11.) Bob Ojeda added to the mix – 1985 offseason & “These guys are nuts” 

12.) 1986 Mets Spring Training – “Expectations” 

13.) Davey Johnson – Predicts Mets will “dominate” *Autograph Subject 

14.) April sweep of St. Louis – Whitey Herzog says “It’s over” 

15.) “America’s Team” – Mets appearing in commercials & tv 

16.) “On the Town” – Keith and Darryl at nightclub 

17.) “Plane Society” – Artwork by Joey Paints Petruccio 

18.) Gary Carter takes a “curtain call” 

19.) Ray Knight “waves” out HR on July 3 *Autograph Subject 

20.) Lenny Dykstra & Wally Backman – a “wild boys” style of play 


Part 3 Checklist:

21.) Mike Tyson visits the Mets 

22.) Keith Hernandez takes time for a crossword puzzle *Autograph Subject

23.) “Let’s Go Mets!” Mets human pyramid 

24.) Strawberry swing for the fences *Autograph Subject 

25.) NL East Clincher – September 17 – Fans storm Shea Stadium field 

26.) NLCS Game 2 – Bobby O.’s complete game 

27.) NLCS Game 3 – Lenny’s walkoff homer in the 9th 

28.) NLCS Game 5 – Doc vs. Nolan 

29.) NLCS Game 5 – “The Kid” walks it off in the 12th 

30.) NLCS Game 6 – Mets win the pennant!

Part 4 Checklist:

31.) WS Game 3 – Ojeda comes up clutch again 

32.) WS Game 4 – Gary slugs a pair of homers; all tied up 

33.) WS Game 6 – Stanley’s wild pitch, Mitchell scores 

34.) WS Game 6 – Mookie & Buckner – baseball history 

35.) WS Game 6 – Pandemonium in Queens 

36.) WS Game 7 – Ray’s HR locks up WS MVP 

37.) WS Game 7 – The Last Out and celebration 

38.) WS Game 7 – Players embrace 

39.) WS Parade – Canyon of Heroes 

40.) Team Photo – A Year to Remember



How did Matt Cerrone start MetsBlog? Check out his videos.

 



As for these videos, let me set the stage for what to expect from me and this channel. For starters, obviously, I’ll be digging through and retelling how I created MetsBlog.com, which eventually grew into the most popular, team-specific blog online. I’ll post interviews with former players, reporters and friends that add context to the stories. However, I’ll also post the occasional, 30,000 foot view, opinion on the Mets I plan to start a podcast that helps catch me up on what is going on with this team because, the sad fact is, after needing time away, I’m a bit out of the loop...

Official QBC 2021 Press Release: Todd Frazier

 






Extra! Extra! Extra! Third QBC Guest is…





Ladies and Gentlemen. Children of all ages. QBC is proud to bring to youuu! Our third guest for QBC 2021 at Mulcahy’s on Wantagh, LI on Saturday November 13, 2021 is going to be former NY Met and USA Baseball Olympian, Todd Frazier.

There will be a panel where Todd will answer questions from the crowd and also will be signing!

DETAILS coming soon on when tickets are going up on sale.

Follow on here, queensbaseballconvention.com. @QBConvention and @Mediagoon on Twitter.


Tuesday, September 14, 2021

QBC 2021 Official Press Release: Ron Darling and Gary Cohen to appear

 



Contact: Keith Blacknick or Dan Twohig

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

QBC2016@GMAIL.COM

RON DARLING AND GARY COHEN SET TO APPEAR AT THE 2021 QUEENS BASEBALL CONVENTION

Organizers of the Queens Baseball Convention announced today that Mets broadcasters Ron Darling and Gary Cohen will be appearing live at the 2021 QBC set to be held on Saturday, November 13, 2021.

Ron Darling, former Mets pitcher and member of the 1986 World Series Championship team, will be making his second appearance at the annual event run by and for Mets fans. Darling was at the inaugural QBC in 2014.

Ronnie was an amazing first guest back when we started the QBC” recalled co-founder Keith Blacknick. The fans love him and we have been asked many times over the years if we could bring him back. As we restart the QBC it seemed only appropriate to have Ronnie back this year.

Gary Cohen, who has been broadcasting Mets games since 1989, will be making not only his first QBC appearance, but his first appearance at any fan event.

Having Gary appear with Ronnie will be a real treat for everyone who comes out on Nov. 13” stated Blacknicks partner Dan Twohig. Knowing that Gary has never done an event like ours before makes this even more special.

Darling and Cohen will be appearing together on a panel and will be doing a Q&A with those attending. Following the Q&A will be an autograph session where fans can get either or both of their signatures. (Pricing to be announced at a later date).

Blacknick and Twohig stated that more guests would be added in the coming weeks.

In addition to appearances, panels, and autograph sessions, the QBC will also include panels on other fan and Mets related topics, as well as a host of vendors.

Ticket and autograph pricing will be announced soon with tickets going on sale in the coming weeks . For more information or for inquiries, please email us at QBC2016@gmail.com, or follow us on social media (Twitter @QBConvention or Facebook www.facebook.com/QueensBaseballConvention)

ABOUT THE QBC
Founded in 2013, the Queens Baseball Convention was created as a mid-winter gathering of fans of the New York Mets
. Our design is a combination of “Fan Fest” meets “Comic Con.” Since its start it has grown into the largest fan-run fan fest in the New York area.

Extra! Extra! Two @QBConvention's QBC 2021 Guest Announcements

 


There will be an official Press Release later today of who we have so far lined up for QBC 2021 at Mulcahy's Pub in Wantagh ,LI on Saturday November 13, 2021.

I am just going yo do a quick blurb about it right now.


SNY broadcasters Ron Darling and Gary Cohen will be at QBC 2021 doing a panel together and signing at QBC.

More info on ticket prices and where to buy them will be announced in the next couple of days.

WWW.QUEENSBASEBALLCONVENTION.COM

@QBConvention

@Mediagoon

Dan T. is selling off a lot of his Mets Game Used Jerseys

From Dan. 

So I have decided to sell off a lot of the jerseys in my collection, almost all of them game used. 

While not a huge list, there are some very interesting pieces, including:

  • 2000 World Series Black Road Jersey worn by the Mets Bat Boy - $225
  • Oliver Perez's 2008 Black Home Jersey with the Final Season at Shea Stadium patch - $225
  • Craig Swan's 1979 Road Grey Jersey, classic Henley Style, signed and inscribed by Swan - $400
  • Randy Myers' 1987 Road Blue Spring Training Jersey - $250
  • Bob Geren's 2015 World Series Home Pinstripe Jersey - $400
  • Terry Collins' 2016 Mother's Day Jersey, Signed and Inscribed by Collins - $400
  • Original 1999 retail Mecury Mets jersey, size 44, with blank back (ready to customize) - $400
The 2 biggest jerseys I am selling though are:
  • Rube Walker's 1975 Home Pinstripe jersey, which was restored to a John Matlack jersey, signed and inscribed by Matlack - $1,000
  • John Stearns' Home White Jersey he wore as the Third Base coach during the September 21, 2001 game at Shea Stadium marking the return of baseball to New York following the 9/11 attack. The jersey has been signed by Stearns.  I am asking $1,000 for this jersey, with a portion of the proceeds going to 9/11 charities
 
Detailed information on each of these jerseys, as well as others I am selling, can be found in this Google Spreadsheet https://docs.google.com/.../1o1MOy9J1gJu93gAu1gFt.../edit...
 
Additional pictures of all the jerseys can be found in this Google Drive folder https://drive.google.com/.../1X5mdgfI7kB...
 
Feel free to hit me up on Twitter @dtwohig for any questions.




 

Monday, September 13, 2021

You’re going to need Vaccine Proof to eat at some clubs at Citi Field.

 


TICKET HOLDER UPDATE
September 13, 2021View Online

Effective Monday, September 13, 2021, guests 12 years and older will be required to show proof of receipt of at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in order to enter and/or dine in the following Citi Field locations: 
  • To dine in the Hyundai Club
  • To dine in Pat LaFrieda’s Chop House
  • To enter the Mets Hall of Fame & Museum

Proof of a negative COVID-19 test is not currently required and does not replace the vaccination requirement for guests to enter the areas listed above. Guests under the age of 12 years old do not need to show proof of vaccination in order to enter/dine in the locations listed above.

There will be designated areas for vaccinated guests to eat and drink. All other guests with access to indoor dining spaces will have the ability to get food and beverage and take it to an outdoor area of the ballpark. Please note the Metropolitan Grille is closed at this time.

Proof of vaccination must be presented in the form of the CDC vaccination record card issued or a record of vaccination from the healthcare provider who administered the vaccine, along with a government-issued or official document bearing the name of the individual and a photo or date of birth matching the name on the COVID-19 vaccination documentation. Printed COVID-19 vaccination documentation or a clear photo of documentation displayed on your iPhone or Android phone will be accepted. NYC COVID Safe Pass, New York State Excelsior Pass, or EU Digital Passport will also be accepted. 

Proof of a negative COVID-19 test or COVID-19 vaccination is NOT required for guests to attend games and sit in the seating bowl at Citi Field. 



Sunday, September 12, 2021

What’s wrong with some baseball fans?

 


The wave is annoying. I have hated it since I was a kid. I want to be able to go to a game and be able to watch the game. Close one run game, “Hey! Let’s start the wave!  Alonso is on the ground in the batter’s box.Let’s start the wave!”  I don’t get this need to do something so stupid while an important play is happening Come on folks. When I was a kid I hated folks getting up and sitting in front of me while a I’m trying to see a play and then to miss it because folks want to do something so stupid. This also leads into me hating folks that have no baseball etiquette when they are leaving or going back to their seats. You know what I mean. Wait until the at bat is over.

These two “fans” last night who ran on the field blew my mind. Supposedly the first one was getting thrown out for throwing stuff on the field and he just said screw it and decided to run on the field. First of all why do that at all? Second of all why do it on 9/11? It’s supposed to be a day of remembrance and you are very lucky cops/security didn’t think you were more dangerous than just running onto the field for your 15 seconds of fame.

The second runner, I don’t even know why you would do something like that at all. Copy cat from the first guy? How do you think this was a good idea.

I also saw some fans pouring beer down in the the bullpen from The Coca Cola corner? Why? Why be jerks?

Fans just keep disappointing me more and more.

Saturday, September 11, 2021

My memories of 9/11/2001

 


I wrote this a few years ago. Still rings true today and I want to share it again.

  I don't know if I really want to write anything Mets related today. September 9th has been a day I hate to see on the calendar each year. It's not a day I take lightly each year and now I am starting to see how each year the folks that were young or not born yet in 2001 don't comprehend how badly the city and country were both wounded. This came to me when I went to the Pearl Harbor Memorial in Hawaii a couple of years ago. It was somewhere that I always wanted to see. I went there and I couldn't believe the tourists who were there smiling and taking selfies in what is a graveyard. I wasn't alive at the time the attack on Pearl Harbor happened but I think because I had relatives who were alive back then and lost friends to the attack it stayed with me. This get me thinking to the folks who weren't there back when they attack happened. It doesn't connect for the most part.

9/11/01 is starting to become a distant memory and also now really history. We have kids, teenagers, and some young adults now who  know the attacks on 9/11 happened but don't remember/or have first hand knowledge of it like a lot of us do. 

I was still working on television commercials back then. I worked on Lafayette between East 4th and Astor Place. The sky was one of the nicest blues that I have ever seen and there wasn't a cloud at all. When I say at all, I really mean I didn't see one cloud for most of the morning. We all got into the studio around 7:30/7:45 am and did what we needed to do to get the stage ready for a pre light day for  the table top part of a commercial we were filming the next day. The locations side of the production company was out on Long Island getting ready to film the Live action part of it. I was waiting for one of the other Production Assistants to come back with the cargo van from a run so I could take it out to do a pick up. I was supposed to go down to a rental house on Worth Street which is on the other side of Canal Street. When Angel came into the studio he was flipping out. We were trying to figure out why when he told us a plane hit one of the Twin Towers. Right then and there he said that we were under attack. No way did that ever creep into my head because I never expected that the USA would get attacked. I felt safe here. This wasn't like any other country that had terrorists attacks like this. This had to be an accident like Corey Lidle's plane that hit an apartment building recently. I was in 100 percent disbelief. We went up to the roof and watched the smoke billow out of the hole in the side of the tower. I still couldn't believe it. We went back downstairs just in time to see the second plain hit the second tower. This is where mentally all my illusion of being safe got destroyed. This when it hit me Angel was a 100 percent right. The U.S. was being attacked. We ran back up to the roof again and all time was acting crazy to me. Time slowed down and sped up at the same time. On the roof we watched the first Tower fall. All we saw was smoke where the Tower once stood. Folks on the roof were crying and screaming and I didn't know what to do. I went back down to the studio. I had all this restless energy that I couldn't get rid of. Then I went into the room and watched the second tower fall. (I blocked out being able to see folks jumping from the buildings until a few weeks later. One of the directors had a still camera with a zoom lens on it and was taking pics of the events. I saw in his LCD screen people in mid air on their way down to the ground and that shook the hell out of me. I really did block it out until we went back to work a week later and was looking through the pics._

I went out front of the building just to collect myself and I noticed something. It was eerily quiet. No pigeons around. No cars moving. No people on the street. Then finally what looked like zombies coming out of the concrete dust. New Yorkers covered head to toe in concrete dust, crushed glass, human remains and who knew what else. We had cases of water in the basement for the stage. My production manager(and one of my good friends) Pete and I ran down to the basement and grabbed the cases of water and brought them upstairs and gave out water to folks who were coming up Lafayette Street. We also offered the bathrooms, phones, and seats. We knew folks wanted to call home and needed to clean out their eyes and clean their faces and needed to sit.

As I was helping folks out, I went back to the TV to see what news was happening. The smoke plumes coming out of the debris was all that was filling up that picture perfect blue sky without a cloud in it. The smoke looked like a scar wound cutting across it. Then I saw the military jets flying around. I couldn't believe that either. I never thought I would see our military having to be deployed in US airspace and on US soil like this. Then I started hearing about the plain that went down in Pennsylvania and the plane that hit the Pentagon(I know this isn't the real timeline of events but I was so shaken and involved with the stuff happening on the street that I didn't know what was going on). 

Hours later probably in the late afternoon after we knew that the bridges and tunnels into Manhattan were closed to traffic and that the subways were either totally shut down or on really limited service, a few of us who lived in Queens decided it was time to go see our families. I drove 5 of us out of Manhattan back to Queens. It was so crazy. Armed soldiers with assault weapons were deployed all over the streets. The military jets were flying in that blue sky all around the city and you can see the Sun glimmering off of them. The city streets were pretty much empty of cars. It took almost no time to get us back to Queens. I dropped off my co workers at their homes and at places that they could grab buses and trains to get back to the further reaches of Brooklyn and Queens that they lived in.

I got home to my parents and sister and I don't think I talked much until the next day. I am not going to rehash what went on for days after this. There are documentaries and tv shows that show all the damage that happened so you can always go find that. So let me get back to what I was writing about in the first place. The disconnect that is going to keep happening because of time and healing for future generations. The folks that lived it are always going to have raw emotions over this. Any time it is brought up we are going to have that feeling in the pits of our stomachs. Future generations are going to view this as their "Pearl Harbor". There won't be a real connection with it just like their isn't a real connection with our generation and Pearl Harbor. Is it a good thing because the country has healed over time? Or is it a bad thing because with time we forget and not because we want to but just because with time and human nature it just happens. 

"Never Forget", is a catchy slogan. It does seem though some have forgotten.

To everyone who has lost a loved one, a friend, acquaintances, first responders(and the first responders still dealing with the fallout from the search nd rescue and the cleanup), and everyone else affected by this tragedy, I remember. You all are in my thoughts and it's not just when 9/11 rolls round and me and my cousin get on the Mets about honoring the first responders by wearing the caps during the game that day. I remember anytime I pass the Freedom Tower. I remember every time I am down town. I know a lot of you do too. Let us make sure future generations Never Forget and try to make this world into a better place where we don't have to worry about future 9/11s.

Friday, September 10, 2021

Mets to wear NEW YORK jerseys tomorrow.

 





My buddy Dave put this on my radar.


 


If they do have dropshadow on Snow white pines jerseys that say New York on them, I am fine with it. It is a jersey that is representing what the Mets were wearing at the time in September of 2001. It is one of those special type of one off jerseys that they should wear for special games. 

What an ugly Mets Cap!

 


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Wednesday, September 8, 2021

METS ANNOUNCE 9/11 REMEMBRANCE CEREMONY DETAILS


 METS ANNOUNCE 9/11 REMEMBRANCE CEREMONY DETAILS

Ceremony To Begin at 7 PM

 

FLUSHING, N.Y., September 8, 2021 – The New York Mets today announced ceremonial details surrounding this Saturday’s 20th anniversary remembrance of 9/11. The club will wear first responder caps during batting practice and the game on September 11 vs. the Yankees. Caps from the FDNY, NYPD, Port Authority Police Department, Department of Sanitation and Department of Correction will all be represented to commemorate their bravery and sacrifice.

 

The two New York managers from the 2001 season will participate in the ceremonial first pitch – Bobby Valentine will throw to Joe Torre. Over 14 former Mets coaches and players from the 2001 team are expected to attend the game, including Hall of Famer Mike Piazza. Piazza hit the go-ahead home run on September 21, 2001 vs. Atlanta at Shea Stadium in what was the first sporting event in New York City following the attacks.

 

Organizations represented on the field during the 20thAnniversary of 9/11 will be Tuesday’s Children, The Visionary Network from the 9/11 Museum, Answer the Call – New York Police and Fire Widows’ & Children Benefit Fund, which was created by Rusty Staub, The Feel Good Foundation, helping those suffering from 9/11related illnesses and Mets employees who lost loved ones on 9/11 and those who worked tirelessly at Shea Stadium to aid the support effort.

 

First responders will be joined on the field with the FDNY honor guard, NYPD honor guard, PAPD pipe & drum and honor guard, DSNY pipe & drum and honor guard, OEM, Department of Corrections and Supreme Court Officers.

 

 

Performances Include:

 

America the Beautiful – 17-year-old New York Jazz recording artist Anaïs Reno

National Anthem – NYPD Cops and Kids Chorus

God Bless America – FDNY Firefighter Regina Wilson

 

The Mets are encouraging fans to take mass transit to Citi Field during the entire Yankees series. The Citi Field parking lots will open at 4:10 pm on Saturday and all ballpark gates will open at 5:10 pm.

 

In addition, the Mets Virtual Vault has an extensive collection of videos, photos and stories over the last 20 years commemorating the team’s connection to 9/11 and can be found at www.metsheritage.com.